Gold Medal Installation: Fort Sill Army Base

With an ongoing push by the United States government to go green, most military installations start with their biggest energy hogs – in many cases an indoor swimming pool or aquatic training facility.  Heating an indoor pool consumes a massive amount of energy (since it receives no direct light from the sun) and can cost thousands of dollars a month to maintain a comfortable temperature.

The 2,400 square foot (270,000 gallons) Rinehart Indoor Pool at the Fort Sill Army post near Lawton, OK is utilized year-round by both military and civilian swimmers for general recreation, fitness, and training. The pool even plays host to regular “Learn to Swim” classes held for the families of the soldiers stationed there.  Keeping the pool at a comfortable temperature for all those swimmers cost upwards of several thousand dollars a month with the existing 630,000 BTU natural gas heater.  Facility management knew there had to be a more cost-effective way to keep the pool water warm.

SEI Group, the energy-efficiency consultant hired to research alternative means of heating the pool, didn’t take long to provide a recommendation to Rinehart.  The Group had heard good things about the 84-collector solar pool heating installation at the Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, GA – installed by Aquatherm Master Dealer & Distribution Center Suncatcher of Atlanta – and was certain the indoor pool at Fort Sill could benefit from the warmth of the sun, as well.  After Gerry Kilgore, President of Suncatcher, made the 2-hour drive to provide a bid, SEI and Fort Sill were convinced they had the right man for the job.

Suncatcher of Atlanta designed a custom rack to hold 135 Solar Industries Collectors, with a 41-degree tilt to maximize solar absorption in the winter months when the sun is highest in the sky.  With over 4,200 feet of 3” plumbing to move water to and from the collectors, the Rinehart Indoor Pool Solar Heating System will generate over 2.6 million BTUs every day – the equivalent of 278 MW every year – cutting annual heating costs by 47%.

Swimmers at the Rinehart Pool living green and swimming warm!

Profit from pool heating with Aquatherm's Partner's Program

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The Aquatherm Partner’s Program is designed for pool professionals with customers asking about solar, but no one to refer them to. The Partner’s Program connects the pool industry (builders, service & retail) to reputable local solar installers in the Aquatherm Network, who can assist in providing system components all the way to turnkey installations.  We make it easy to integrate solar into your existing plan.

Though, your local Aquatherm Regional Distribution Center or local Dealer can tailor a program that’s just right for you, here are the three traditional ways of adding solar to your services offered:

1. Referral Program
The local Aquatherm solar partner provides a display or literature for his pool partner’s retail store. The pool partner refers his customers to his solar partner, who designs, sells, installs and services the solar pool heating system. The pool partner may also provide a list of his customers whom the solar partner can solicit. The pool partner receives a referral fee on all sales.

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