Renewable Energy #1: Solar Pool Pump

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Renewable Energy #1: Solar Pool Pump

Post by cyprusmax47 » Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:53 am

With the change of the Gov's policy ( pressure of the EU) to allow private photo-voltaic installations to produce
electricity on your own roof (net-metering) there is suddenly a rush for this technology. It looks to me that since then there
is no more interest from installers to promote and sell Solar Pool Pump Systems (no more ads anymore in magazines).
I personally think there are several reasons why it is still a very good investment to install such a pump system.
Recently we had even in Winter periods of severe dust in the air mainly from the Sahara and Syria leaving everybody's Pool
in a big mess. (except Pools with Winter cover) For sure every Pool would look much cleaner if there is a Solar Pump installed,
filtering every day >10 hours the pool water, which means 2-3 times the full content, reducing chemical use and cleaning time.
People only partly living in CY can switch off complete their mains, while their pool will be still maintained by the power of the Sun.
House owners would perhaps like to install net-metering but do not have the space on their roof for at least 10 panels. There is
for sure a place somewhere to put 3-4 panels for a Pool pump. One can say a Solar pump system is a small version of net-metering
for less than 1/2 of the price while a pool pump is next to air con the biggest electric consumer of a household. It is nice to learn how
reliable PV is and how it works - not to forget your contribution to do something for the environment. No permits from EAC are necessary
unlike for net-metering. Your old pump system stays bypassed in case you want to use it in rainy conditions to hoover the pool.
If one owns already a net-metering system which is limited to max 5kWp you will enlarge legally to 6 kWp with extra 4 panels and solar pump.
So perhaps people still consider to install such a reliable Solar installation from a Paphos based company.
Max
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Re: Renewable Energy #1: Solar Pool Pump

Post by Polemi Dave » Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:13 am

You can have both net metering and a stand alone PV pool pump without extra permit from EAC. We have so do our neighbours.

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Re: Renewable Energy #1: Solar Pool Pump

Post by cyprusmax47 » Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:56 pm

As far as I know you have to fill application forms only for net-metering not for Pool Pump Systems.
Net-metering scheme will stop as soon as 20MWp are installed.

https://www.eac.com.cy/EN/EAC/Renewable ... ering.aspx

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Re: Renewable Energy #1: Solar Pool Pump

Post by cyprusmax47 » Fri Mar 17, 2017 11:27 am

Obviously to put a limitation of 20 Megawatt for PV from EAC
leads to the increased amount of new net-metering installations one can see on the roofs.
I would put the panels on the ground as a system produces more kWh's.

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Re: Renewable Energy #1: Solar Pool Pump

Post by PW in Polemi » Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:25 pm

Another benefit to solar pool pumping is the temperature of the water is spread more evenly throughout the pool - the sun heats the surface and this spreads down for about 15cm. With solar pumping, the water is constantly being circulated and so the warmth is diffused throughout the whole pool. No more cold water, particularly in the deep end! :lol:
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Re: Renewable Energy #1: Solar Pool Pump

Post by cyprusmax47 » Sat Mar 18, 2017 10:07 am

PW in Polemi

This is an interesting fact which I never realized as the water
temperature for me has to be > 28C before I enter a pool or the Sea.
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Re: Renewable Energy #1: Solar Pool Pump

Post by PolemIan » Sat Mar 18, 2017 11:25 am

Polemi Dave wrote:
Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:13 am
You can have both net metering and a stand alone PV pool pump without extra permit from EAC. We have so do our neighbours.
So do ww - or am i the neighbour you refer to Dave - but with standard pump with inverter rather than a specialised solar pump. Works very well, depending on time of year and cloud cover generally runs, from about 07:15 to 16:00

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Re: Renewable Energy #1: Solar Pool Pump

Post by cyprusmax47 » Sat Mar 18, 2017 7:34 pm

PolemIan

My I ask you which size your pool pump is and how many panels (modules)
running the system( inverter is sure a Drive (ABB?)
How many years installed?

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Re: Renewable Energy #1: Solar Pool Pump

Post by cyprusmax47 » Mon Mar 27, 2017 7:55 am

Ian
cyprusmax47 wrote:
Sat Mar 18, 2017 7:34 pm
PolemIan

My I ask you which size your pool pump is and how many panels (modules)
running the system( inverter is sure a Drive (ABB?)
How many years installed?

Max

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Re: Renewable Energy #1: Solar Pool Pump

Post by PolemIan » Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:04 pm

Pump no idea, 6 panels, inverter is solaredge, running since July 2015.

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Re: Renewable Energy #1: Solar Pool Pump

Post by cyprusmax47 » Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:09 pm

Thank you Ian,
I guess the pump is 1.5 hp

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