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PANEL RACKS

Panel racks are used to mount pool panels for several reasons: 

  1. To mount panels on flat or pitched ground. 
  2. To get more pitch on a roof so the panels drain properly. 
  3. To get a better angle to the sun.  Solar panels perform best when solar radiation strikes them at a right angle (most critical for PV and DHW but much less so for pool heating.

Racks can be homemade or built professionally out of wood or other materials.  Unfortunately, we are no longer able to offer the GroundPro and ProRack all-aluminum racking system designed for our FAFCO panels.  They were discontinued by their manufacturer in late 2005 not because they weren't a quality racking system but because the were a seasonal product.  Their manufacturer also makes racks for the solar PV market that is currently booming, so they needed to increase their production.  Some other manufacturer is bound to start building the pool panel racks in the near future.

In the meantime, ecosystems is offering a do-it-yourself (DIY) "strut-channel" rack design made out of strut channel.  Like the GroundPro racks, it also utilizes a galvanized pipe sub-rack.  See Strut-channel Racks.

For FAFCO AGP panels, FAFCO put together a simple build yourself blueprint that might be useful.  If you need a copy, let us know.

Attached is also a quick design of a stick-built wooden rack.  Click on wooden rack


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