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    Would like some advice on placement of solar panels

    We purchased 2 Fafco 4x20 sunsaver solar bear solar panels and would like to figure out where to put them so we can purchase the necessary supplies to get the plumbing put back together. We put the heater, filter and pump in the garage for the winter. I attached a rough drawing as to where my husband would like to put the panels. The will be on some sort of rack. Would this be too far from the pump? Any suggestions, advice etc. would be appreciated.
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    Re: Would like some advice on placement of solar panels

    I'm not sure how closely everything is to scale, but that looks like it will be fine. As long as the panels are within 40 or 50 feet of the pump you should be just fine. Further away can be done as well, but you might need a larger pump.
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    Re: Would like some advice on placement of solar panels

    My layout is similar to yours and the solar panels are on the roof of the garage.
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    Re: Would like some advice on placement of solar panels

    Quote Originally Posted by JasonLion
    I'm not sure how closely everything is to scale, but that looks like it will be fine. As long as the panels are within 40 or 50 feet of the pump you should be just fine. Further away can be done as well, but you might need a larger pump.
    Nothing is to scale. I did measure the distance from pump to pool, so the 20 feet is correct. Thanks.
    My layout is similar to yours and the solar panels are on the roof of the garage.
    I would love to have them up on the garage roof, but the roof faces east and west.
    30 ft. round Conquest agp, 19,800 gal; Pentair Easy Clean 1 hp DE EC60 filter system
    Hayward H250N gas heater; TF100 Test Kit
    2 Fafco 4x20 sunsaver solar bear solar panels
    Dolphin E 10 ~ Zoomerang slide
    Majestic 8000 Above-Ground Pool Step

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