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Al Gore on Climate Change

This is one of the most interesting and enlightening TED talks I’ve heard on climate change. In it, Al Gore answers three very crucial questions: Must we change? Can we change? Will we change? During his talk, Gore points out facts that can no...
by Go Solar Energy For Life! on Feb 29, 2016

Google’s Sunroof for Solar Skeptics

The capabilities of today’s technology is absolutely amazing, and just keeps improving day after day. Google has recently launched it’s newest non-searchable venture called Google Sunroof. If you are a skeptic about solar power and itR...
by Go Solar Energy For Life! on Jan 27, 2016

Solar Pool Heating Season is Right Around the Corner

The heat of summer is still upon us, but fall has arrived and solar pool heating season is right around the corner! October 15th traditionally starts the solar pool heating season, but it seems to be getting earlier and earlier every year. The phone...
by Solar Southwest Florida on Sep 23, 2014

Masterful Solar Pool Heater Plumbing Requires the Best Installers

While all of our installers do great work, I can often tell which installer did a job by the plumbing. Sometimes it’s the valve manifold at the pool equipment pad and sometimes it’s the roof work. While he likely trained the person doing...
by Solar Southwest Florida on Aug 11, 2014

Masterful Solar Pool Heater Plumbing Requires the Best Installers

While all of our installers do great work, I can often tell which installer did a job by the plumbing. Sometimes it’s the valve manifold at the pool equipment pad and sometimes it’s the roof work. While he likely trained the person doing...
by Solar Southwest Florida on Aug 11, 2014

Meet Florida’s Newest Licensed Solar Contractor

Florida’s most recently licensed certified solar contractor is, you guessed it, me! I passed the required tests long ago, but just recently decided it was time to go forward with securing my own CVC license. I was assigned licence number CVC569...
by Solar Southwest Florida on Jun 28, 2014

Meet Florida’s Newest Licensed Solar Contractor

Florida’s most recently licensed certified solar contractor is, you guessed it, me! I passed the required tests long ago, but just recently decided it was time to go forward with securing my own CVC license. I was assigned licence number CVC569...
by Solar Southwest Florida on Jun 28, 2014

Friday #12 – Solar Energy Customers for 36 Years!

Last Friday, Phil and Melva Martin walked into our office with a couple of questions about their solar pool heater which they bought from my father in 1978. It was such a pleasure to meet them. Meeting solar energy customers of my father’s is e...
by Go Solar Energy For Life! on Jun 3, 2014

Friday #5 – Solar Photovoltaic System Installation Day Ends With The Best Brain Teaser Ever!

Friday #5 of “40 Fabulous Fridays in the Field with Fafco Solar”… My day started with my son, Ian, playing the Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun” (the official Fafco Solar anthem)… while driving to catch a boat to...
by Go Solar Energy For Life! on Mar 4, 2014

Friday #4 – “Turning On” a Solar Light

Friday #4 of “40 Fabulous Fridays in the Field with Fafco Solar”… We can talk about solar lights all we want, but no amount of talking compares to experiencing one. While she was home for her lunch break, this customer witnessed a s...
by Go Solar Energy For Life! on Feb 27, 2014

Fafco Solar Completes Solar Photovoltaic (Electric) System on North Captiva, FL

Unlike the southern tip, the northern end of North Captiva, FL, not accessible by land vehicles, actually has utility electric power available. Just like any mainland homeowner, this one wanted to offset increasing utility bills with solar energy. Wo...
by Solar Southwest Florida on Feb 14, 2014

Fafco Solar Completes Solar Photovoltaic (Electric) System on North Captiva, FL

Unlike the southern tip, the northern end of North Captiva, FL, not accessible by land vehicles, actually has utility electric power available. Just like any mainland homeowner, this one wanted to offset increasing utility bills with solar energy. Wo...
by Solar Southwest Florida on Feb 14, 2014

Solar Pool Heater Replacements – Friday #1… of 40 Fabulous Fridays in the Field

In celebration of our 40th year, I decided to go out in the field with our technicians for 40 Fridays. I call it my “40 Fabulous Fridays in the Field having Fun with Fafco Solar’s Friends and Family” celebration. Here’s my rep...
by Go Solar Energy For Life! on Jan 16, 2014

Solar Pool Heating Season in Southwest Florida

The 2014 solar pool heating season is in full swing, and our team is working hard to meet an aggressive installation schedule. This is our busiest time of the year – the combination of a high seasonal population in Southwest Florida and cool po...
by Solar Southwest Florida on Jan 6, 2014

FAFCO Solar Panels Add Back Pressure to Pool Pumps

Yeah, so? Some disingenuous competitors love to tell a story about how FAFCO solar pool heating panels, which have a patented subheader for better flow distribution, burn up pumps due to high “back pressure.” They also claim that FAFCO pa...
by Solar Southwest Florida on Oct 14, 2013

Enphase Microinverter Per-Module Monitoring Provides Valuable Data

One of my favorite solar electric systems to watch is located at a customer’s residence in Cape Coral. It’s a favorite because there are solar modules on roofs facing due South, East, and West. This provides an opportunity to validate tha...
by Solar Southwest Florida on Aug 3, 2013

Solar Energy Installers Sweat Out the Summer

One of Fafco Solar’s installers, who is also our solar tubular skylight and solar attic fan expert, sent me this image of his laser thermometer on a roof a few days ago. I thought I’d take a moment to thank the hard working individuals t...
by Solar Southwest Florida on Jun 11, 2013

Small Starter Photovoltaic (PV) Systems Now A Reality

I just had to share this photo of a small system we just installed. Fafco Solar is now offering starter photovoltaic systems with 8 panels (this one is 10). What has made  this feasible is the flexible and modular nature of the Enphase microinverter...
by Solar Southwest Florida on May 2, 2013

How to Get Your Solar Pool Heater Ready for Summer

With so many people in Southwest Florida preparing to head north for the summer, Fafco Solar is getting lots of calls from people with solar panels. How do you get your solar pool heater ready for summer? If you are not planning to use your solar poo...
by Solar Southwest Florida on May 1, 2013

Public Enphase Monitored Solar Energy Systems in Florida

Enphase, leading manufacturer of microinverters for solar energy systems, recently changed their website to a fresh new look. Since the beginning of the microinverter revolution, Enphase has maintained a list of “Reference Systems” that s...
by Solar Southwest Florida on Apr 24, 2013


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