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Thread: Terra Cotta v.s. Black Heliocol Solar Panels

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    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Sahuarita, AZ

    Terra Cotta v.s. Black Heliocol Solar Panels

    In my recent pool build our sales person sold us on the Terra Cotta colored solar panels so that they would match our roof tiles better. I agreed but now that I see them on the roof I wish I had just gone black. Our roof tiles are more brown then reddish-brown and the 'terra cotta' solar panels are more orange than anything so in the end I'm left with something that sticks out like a sore thumb but I'm taking an efficiency hit v.s. the black panels. I can't even really see the panels on my 2nd story roof from my yard anyway.

    My question is, how big of a difference am I going to see w/ the Terra Cotta panels v.s. black ones? Is it a big difference or is it negligible?

    My Pool:
    12K gal IG gunite with 7' raised spa, gunite waterfall, PebbleTec Caribbean Blue finish, solar heating & in-floor cleaning system

    Equipment: Sta-Rite 300' Cartridge Filter, Intellichlor IC20 SWCG, Sta-Rite 400k BTU heater, Intelliflow 4x160 main pump & Sta-Rite 3/4 hp waterfall pump, EasyTouch controlls w/ wireless controller, TF-100 Test Kit w/ salt test.

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    I researched this last year and remember someone stating that it is between 10-15 % less effecient than the black panels. Which in heating water is makes a difference but the workaround was to add 10-15% more panels. If you have the room on your roof, then it is a matter of cost, is it worth to add 1-2 add'tl panels to get the color to match?
    20x40 24,000 gal IG plaster/CircuPool RJ45 SWG/2 skimmer/2sp 2.5hp Jandy Stealth/340sq ft cart filter/600sqftHeliocol Solar Panels/6ft semi circlr tanning ledge/25ft deep end bench/5ft sheer descent/2 lion head water features/1300sqft travertine paver/2 Colorlogic lights/Hayward Navigator/3step 2ft raised bond beam

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    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Alamo, CA
    You could either add the 10-15% cost for more panel area or, perhaps, you can work a deal of similar cost with your PB, if the panels are still new, to swap for the black ones.

    My pool: 14,750 gallons in-ground plaster
    FAFCO Solar panels (seven 4' x 12') with a Goldline automatic controller
    1/2 HP WhisperFlo filter pump, Kreepy Krauly cleaner, Cartridge Filter
    Aquarite SWG, Satisfied user of the TF-100 Test Kit

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