Yesterday was the first real full day running my pool with my new solar panels. My old ones got damaged in Hurricane Sandy along with my roof. State Farm paid for a new roof and panels. I did all the work myself as I installed the originals solar panels. The new strap tie down system is a great improvements over the older metal brackets.
A separate 3/4 HP pump is controlled by a self designed solar controller. The whole solar system is independent of the filter system. If adequate sun hits the solar controller sensor the pump is turned on. If it gets very cloudy or if it's a rainy day the pump will not be turned on. A bypass switch allows me to shut off the pump if the pool gets too hot. Yesterday it ran for close to 6 hours the pool went from 72 to 78 degrees. Today is another sunny day...should push the pool into the 80's.
Heat my pool and cool the house all by driving a meager 3/4 HP motor...priceless!