After my backyard was hit by what seems several bunker busters (contractor ripped out old deck and walls), I had a bit of a clean slate to work with the past couple of weeks and went wild on some 2" plumbing for my pool. I am still in the process of figuring out how to fix part of the pool shell around the skimmer area, where roots have gotten the better of what seems to be a bad shotcrete job but the plumbing to put solar on my roof is almost in place and part of a sheer descent waterfall is ready to be continued to the soon to be repoured equipment pad. On said pad, a rather dusty looking but fairly new Hayward EcoStar Variable Speed Pump (SP3400VSP) is patiently waiting to get back in action.
I received a quote for a heliocol installation yesterday, which includes a Pentair Solar Touch. If I did the solar myself, I could probably save about $4k (looking at Aquasol panels), which would give me a clean slate for the automation as well. I don't HAVE to have the waterfall automated, but it would be very nice to have all valves (solar, spa/pool intake selection, spa/pool out selection, waterfall) and the pump controlled from one panel instead of partly manually and through 2 or 3 individual control panels (ugh!).
Soo... what are my options for automation? Any advice or pointers would be greatly appreciated!