By Nima Kapadia
An enormous recreation center in Flagstaff, Ariz., is taking advantage of the state’s sunny weather to warm two indoor and outdoor body slides, a family whirlpool and a three-lane lap pool: about 100,000 gallons.
The Aquaplex Recreation Center will use a 70-panel solar heating system for its multiple pools in a facility that is larger than 51,000 square feet.
Novan Solar Inc. of Golden, Colo., provided the turnkey solar thermal system. The company’s founder and president, Jacob Futro, said in a statement: “Their (the city of Flagstaff’s) adoption of solar energy demonstrates a real commitment to their patrons, taxpayers and the environment.”