It is with great excitement that I announce that I am now an independent solar consultant and started the Florida Solar Design Group with my partner, Dominick Zito. Effective January 1, 2015 we are open for business. Sadly, this will probably be the last post to this blog, for which I have enjoyed writing hundreds of posts. I will continue monitoring and responding to comments. On a good note, I will begin blogging again at our new website located at Please drop by and check out our new site!

This is a myth that a competitor has spread, and actively uses in their sales presentation. They say that the full body design of FAFCO solar panels and other full body panels like the iSwim brand doesn’t allow the roof to breathe, which in turn causes mold and mildew and rots the roof. They claim that their panels allow the roof to breathe and stay dry. What they forget to mention is that a separated loose tube design allows air flow between tubes, reducing efficiency! We are routinely asked to remove solar panels when roof work is required or when a homeowner decides to replaceRead More →

Solar pool heaters are usually installed as an afterthought, which means we often need to get creative with plumbing. Obstructions created by windows, doors, gutters, electrical equipment, and sometimes the pool equipment itself can present quite a challenge. I’m always impressed with how our guys can visualize a plumbing run, select the best route, and execute it with a combination of fittings. It’s funny that after years working with my employer, I can often identify the installer based on how they built a valve manifold or ran plumbing around a gutter. In this picture I have to admit that I have no idea who didRead More →