I'm buying a new pool (with a house thrown in for free) and I've run into a conundrum. All of the 'prime' roof space on the house will be dedicated to PV (electric) solar, so I've got some challenges in heating the pool as well. There is some roof space on the detached garage that may work well, but it's on the far side of the yard from the pumping station.
I'm attaching a handy pic for reference (thank you google, oh all knowing eye in the sky).
So I'm looking for some advice from the experts here... Would it be feasible to pipe that far? I assume we'd have to run along the whole north and west fence-lines to get there.
Alternately, would adding a small solar only pump behind the garage (with dedicated suction and return) be easier, or is putting piping into an existing pool an expensive proposition?
I've also considered having some of the PV on the garage, but was told the electrical work to do so would be very $$$.
And my last consideration was that I could see about adding a few more PV panels, maybe bump it up from 8-9Kw, and putting in an electric a heat pump. Sort of an inefficient way to heat a pool with solar, but if I do *all* of my pool pumping and heating at night my $/kw drops to 1/3rd of daytime prices (10 cents vs 32 cents).