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SunMaxx Solar and Tiger Electric, Inc. Install Solar Thermal System at Rancho Clancy

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  • Customer: Rancho Clancy
  • Location: Ranco Mirage, CA
  • Building Type: Pool Heating System
  • Solar System Type: Solar Pool Heater
  • Type Of Solar Collectors: Evacuated Tubes
  • Solar Collector Model: ThermoPower-VHP20
  • Qty Of Solar Collectors: 7 (259.28 ft2)
  • Anticipated Solar Fraction: 20%
  • Anticipated 15yr Energy Savings: $ 75,655
  • Install Completion Date: January 2012

Project Overview

In 2012 , SunMaxx Solar in conjunction with Tiger Electric, Inc. completed a Solar installation at Rancho Clancy in Rancho Mirage, California . The Installation, which was contracted, designed and installed by Michael R. Ditsler of Tiger Electric, Inc., purchased seven SunMaxx Solar Evacuated Tube Collectors for a supplemental pool heating system on the residential estate.

The ballasted Utility Scale PV ground mount racking system holds approximately 64,000 lbs. of pre-cast concrete ballast block. The Solar Thermal Evacuated Tube system, which is the primary heating source for the homeowners’ pool, is piped underground to a cupro nickel heat exchanger located adjacent to the pool filter and pump systems 120LF away from the collector field. High temperature and demand protection is offered though an open system employing a dump back tank and dual taco pumps for supply and return, as the collector field and dump back tank sit 30″ below the level of the heat exchanger.

All exposed piping has been insulated with an industrial grade aluminum covered insulation. In conjunction with the 20KW AC PV system, Tiger Electric, Inc. was able to re-size and utilize a retention basin that would have otherwise been unused or wasted space. Control for the primary SEVT System and the secondary natural gas fired pool heating system are prioritized by temperature using a mixing valve.Michael R. Ditsler of Tiger Electric comments, “The Solar install at Rancho Clancy further aids in the property’s green energy initiatives, and we couldn’t be happier with SunMaxx Solar’s industry leading products which allowed for a successful design.”  The installation took 10 days total of construction time to finish and a YouTube video of the Solar Installation can be viewed at

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Building Details

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Building Information 
Type of Building Pool Heating System
Year of Construction 2012

Solar System Details

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Solar System Details
Solar Thermal System Type Solar Pool Heater
Installation Date January 2012
Energy Production (annual) 26622
Anticipated Solar Fraction 20%
Type of Solar Collectors Evacuated Tubes
Collector Model ThermoPower-VHP20
Quantity of Solar Collectors 7
Gross Area of Collectors (ft2) 259.3 ft2
Type of Mounting System Ballast
Storage Tank Capacity (g) N/A G

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Anticipated Annual Savings
Annual Savings (year 1) $ 3892.14
Anticipated Cumulative Energy Savings (3% Annual Energy Price Increase)
5 Year Cumulative Savings $ 23924.98
10 Year Cumulative Savings $ 47881.10
15 Year Cumulative Savings $ 75655.41
20 Year Cumulative Savings $ 107851.19

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