Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on May 20, 2006, 3:15 pm
I'm in Columbia SC where there is lots of sun but little support for
solar energy. I am building a new pool and want to use solar heating.
I will have a new garage nearby with a roof made for installing the
panels. the pool will be about 450 sq feet of surface. I'm told I
should have about 288 sq ft of panels (6 4x12 panels according to one
1. the installed cost for this would be between $200 and $500; does
that sound reasonable? I want it professional installed and waranteed.
The pool contractor and home remodeler builder have no experience with
2. Are there any significant differences among brands? Two available
to me are by Heliocol (which is asking for $ to $k, and
Solarindustries, which is offering the lower bid.
I welcome your response to these questions and any other comments you
Posted by DJ on May 20, 2006, 7:43 pm
Sounds about right.
A smidgen high, perhaps, but not totally outrageous.
They rarely do.
And who gives the best warranty on both parts and labor?
Pool heating with solar is always a good idea if you're going to heat
the pool anyway.
Posted by Gary on May 21, 2006, 1:57 pm
Home Power recommends against collectors made from EPDM, as being incompatible
with pool chemicals, so you might want to check on that.
Pool collectors are around $ per sqft at retail, so you are looking at $800 of
collectors plus a few hundred worth of other materials. So, it looks like the
labor they are charging is $k to $k. Putting in pool collectors in not rocket
science -- you might want to take a look at the material here:
and seeing if you would feel comfortable doing it yourself, or working out
something with the pool installer. In any case, its probably worthwhile reading
over the Home Power articles just to be able to deal with whoever you have do it
from a more informed position?
"Build It Yourself" Solar Projects
Posted by DJ on May 21, 2006, 3:25 pm
Actually, that tends to be one of the bigger variables in installing
these things. I've had jobs that there was 1000$ or more in "other
materials", *my* cost, tees, drains (systems have to live through
winter up here).
Did one where I had to *carefully* diassemble a cedar deck to get at
the transit piping... every job is different...
Did they quote based on seeing your site, or blind? If blind, you might
be helping to pay for the next "how the hell are we going to tie into
that..." job ;-).
And again, yeah, I agree, it's a bit high. And I'm looking at it from
the perspective of Canadian dollars.
Agreed. Putting these things in is pretty simple unless it's "roof of
home" work, and then you have to be very careful.
There is never a bad reason to read HomePower ;-).
Posted by email@example.com on May 24, 2006, 10:36 pm
Thanks to all of you for responding to this. I found the article in
Home Power, and it says that the cost for an installed system is going
to be between $k and 5k. It is also clear you could save money by
doing it yourself, but I'm not likely to do that. I'm 60 and old enough
that I don't want to get up on a roof and sweat for several days, and I
suppose well off enouch that I can afford to have this job hired ...
share the wealth and all you know.
What I'm curious about is whether there is any great difference between
one system and another. I gather they all use the unglazed, plastic
pipe (the solar power salesman said it was made of the same material
they use to insulate electric power wires--imperious to damage from
sun, squirrels, etc. ) Is there any real difference in brand name