How does solar work?

Simply put, solar power works by converting free sunlight into usable energy.

Solar power converts free sunlight into usable energy.

Many people, when imagining solar energy, picture large photovoltaic arrays generating electricity for homes, businesses and communities. Although these photovoltaic systems play an important part in the renewable energy spectrum, they are not nearly as efficient as solar thermal systems used for pool and water heating. In fact, solar pool heating is the single most cost-effective use of solar energy in many climates, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

While photovoltaic systems convert the sun’s light into usable energy, solar thermal systems generate energy by capturing and amplifying the sun’s heat. Have you ever turned on a garden hose left in the sun and felt warm or hot water pouring out? That’s solar thermal water heating at its most basic level.

Water heated by sunlight can be used for swimming pools, household hot water or even to heat buildings by circulating hot water through radiant flooring systems.

Heliocol uses the power of solar energy to safely and inexpensively heat your pool to a temperature more comfortable for swimming--even during the crisp days of spring and fall.