It appears solar power is becoming a more viable option for aquatics facilities. Construction began last fall on an innovative project in Finland that reportedly will use solar to heat anatatorium and pool.

Earlier this year, Suntrek Industries introduced a Power Purchase Agreement in which the pool owner pays for the solar energy used to heat the pool, similar to paying a standard energy company for gas or electric. Under this new plan, Suntrek owns and maintains the equipment for 15 years and the hope is that this will make solar power a more affordable option for more pool facilities.

Meanwhile, Congress is considering a 30 percent tax credit for commercial solar pool heat installations.