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Solar Pool Heater


A solution for the cold water in the swimming pool at the Wauchula High School - in sunny Florida - was to equip it with a solar pool heater. The Hardee County School Board contracted Solar Direct to installed an 80 panel Solar Pool Heater.

Project Overview

This system consists of 80 Vortex™ solar panels that are 12 x 4 feet each, arranged in 8 rows of 10 panels each row, totaling 3840 sq. ft. and an aluminum rack.


  • Extends the swimming season up to 12 months
  • Average temperature rise up to 20º
  • No operating costs
  • No pollution, no fuel needed
  • Usually last 20+ years
  • Minimal maintenance required

Phase 1 - Site Survey

Site survey, measurements, and engineering design.

engineering design



Phase 2 - Site Preparation & Foundation

Grading, compaction, surveying & plotting. Footings - auger holes, SonoTubes, concrete.




Phase 3 - Assembly of Aluminum Structure

An aluminum ground rack was installed to support the solar panels. The rack is built at 15º angle and facing south to maximize solar absorption.




Phase 4 - Solar Panels, Plumbing, and Pumps

Solar panels installation, PVC transport lines, plumbing integration into existing pool system, control & booster pump. System Startup and Testing.



Phase 4 -Cover and Roller

A swimming pool cover raises the pool water temperature by absorbing sunlight during the day and then retaining that heat at night, plus preserving the heat generated by the solar system.

swimmng pool and cover

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