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Jul 252008

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.” Continue reading »