We installed our pool last year. We were / are unable to remove enough trees to provide adequate sunlight to heat the pool. The best we did was about 72 degrees except during the week of 100+ degree days, then we reached 80 but on average we were seeing about 68 or 69 degrees. I would ideally like to see the temp at 79 or 80 consistently however, the pool only gets direct sunlight from about 11am - 4:30pm.
What is the best alternative heat method? Solar may be difficult due to the lack of sunlight, but I might be able to set panels someplace where they will get more time in the sun but will I get the added temps I am looking for? How far is my pump able to move water? To get the most sun the panels would have to be located quite a distance from the pool.
All suggestions will be appreciated. I am very handy when it comes to plumbing / electrical so if there is a way of building something I am willing to try.