Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Local Solar Company Educates San Luis Obispo County Residents on the Benefits of Heliocol Solar Pool Heating

Solarponics, a Heliocol solar pool heating dealer in California, is working to educate San Luis Obispo County residents about solar pool heating and how it can benefit the environment, pool usage and pocketbooks.

Solarponics is the longest continuously-owned and operated solar company in California. The company wants residents to understand that solar pool heating is the most cost-effective use of solar and has the fastest return on investment.

“If you are heating your pool with gas the payback is usually around three years and if you are heating it with electricity then the payback is likely one year. After the payback period then its free heat for years and years. Its very similar to conventional heating methods except you are utilizing free energy,” said Kristian Emrich, Vice President of Solarponics.

A beautiful Heliocol solar pool heating installation on arbor roofs by Solarponics in California.
A beautiful Heliocol solar pool heating installation by Solarponics in California. The solar
collectors are installed on the pergola roofs for maximum efficiency and aesthetics.

The initial cost of solar pool heating is comparable with other popular pool heating methods, electric and gas, without the operating costs. Furthermore, solar pool heating systems keep your pool warm for months longer than typical heating methods. Solarponics clients reported being able to utilize their pool up to four months longer than before.

Solar pool heating panels heat the water by capturing heat from the sun and transferring it to the pool using solar collectors, or tubes, which are different from Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels. A pump circulates the water from the pool through a filter, then through the collectors to heat the water before returning it to the pool.

“Solar pool heating is a very simple concept. If the temperature of the panels is greater than the temperature of the pool water, the system turns on and starts pumping water through the collectors. Typically the system runs with your filtration schedule so that your energy bills do not increase, rather your pool pump multi-tasks,” said Emrich.

Solar pool heating systems are operated automatically, ensuring the pool stays the perfect temperature. Solarponics only uses Heliocol collectors, the same collectors utilized by the summer Olympic games.

Monday, June 18, 2012

UMA Solar Corporate Office Now Hiring in Central Florida

Are you ready for a career in solar? UMA Solar, manufacturer and distributor of the industry's highest-performing solar products for residential and commercial applications nationwide, is now hiring at the corporate office in Altamonte Springs, Florida.

The Solar Energy Industries Association predicts that by 2016, increased demand for residential and commercial solar installations will add hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs in research and development, manufacturing, construction, sales and marketing, and other fields. Have you considered joining the “green collar” workforce?

UMA Solar is seeking candidates for the following positions within the Marketing and Engineering departments:

Marketing and Communications Specialist

The Marketing Communications Specialist is responsible for content management, graphic design, research, and much more. This position is an integral part of the marketing department. The right candidate will be able to work independently, as well as collaboratively within a team. There is a lot of freedom of creativity with this position, but with that includes the responsibility of producing results. Below is only an overview of the position. Each day is different and brings with it new tasks and duties.

  • Press releases
  • Product bulletins
  • Company newsletters
  • Website content
  • Industry articles
  • Case studies
  • White papers
  • Literature content

  • Market research
  • Competitor research
  • Product research
  • Industry research

  • Write and update company blog
  • Regularly administer and update company presence on social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.
  • Research and identify new social media opportunities to further promote the company and its brands.
  • Assist with the production of company videos for YouTube and other web sites.

  • Write website content optimized for search engines containing keywords, backlinks, social share, etc.
  • General understanding of search engine marketing concepts including keyword research, metadata, and link building.
  • Utilize website analytic software to determine strengths and opportunities for improvement.

  • Respond to dealer correspondence
  • Create, prepare, and edit presentations
  • Update and maintain dealer contact database
  • Utilize Customer Relationship Management software
  • Coordinate with sales department to make sure projects are properly implemented
  • Administrative assistance and support for the Director of Marketing

  • Company meetings
  • Tradeshows
  • Dealer reward trips
  • Review and order necessary collateral and promotional items
  • Identify marketing opportunities within tradeshows
  • Inventory and organize tradeshow booths
  • Analyze and recommend new tradeshow opportunities

  • In need of the right candidate with a sense of urgency and project ownership to coordinate and support the Marketing Department's four goals:
1. Develop leads for the Sales Department and Company Dealers
2. Promote the company and its brands to the industry and general public
3. Maintain and strengthen established relationships with national network of dealers.
4. Ensure Company's business development initiatives are based on thoroughly researched market data.
  • Required proficiency in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Required proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere, After Effects) or comparable software.
  • Marketing, Public Relations, or Business degree preferred, but can be substituted with relevant experience and stable career history
  • Enjoys working for a results oriented company in a casual and modern work environment
  • Takes initiative
  • Coachable
  • Can work under the pressure of the occasional tight deadline
  • Reports directly to Director of Marketing

  • Full-time position
  • Compensation is salary
  • Full medical, dental, and vision benefits provided after 90-day probationary period.
  • Eligible for company sponsored retirement plan with company match after one full year of employment.
  • Paid Time Off (PTO).
  • Paid Holidays.
  • Typical work week is Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, but longer days and weekends are occasionally necessary based on project requirements.

Please reply with:

1. Copy of your resume and salary history
2. Cover letter detailing why you feel you are a great candidate for this position
3. Examples of previous work. This can include articles, press releases, interviews, graphics, print collateral, online collateral, videos or any other item you personally created in previous work experience.

Please submit to:
UMA Solar
950 Sunshine Lane, Altamonte Springs, Florida  32714

Engineering Assistant / Experienced Engineer

  •  Specific knowledge in:
    • Mechanical engineering
    • Thermodynamics of water systems
    • Modeling in programs with energy system profiles
    • Capable of solving complex engineering solutions
  • Familiarity with solar water heating a plus
  • Familiarity with AutoCad a plus
  • Familiarity with process of product certifications
  • Technical writing and communication skills

Salary negotiable with experience.
Part-time or Full time position

Please submit your resume to:
950 Sunshine Lane, Altamonte Springs, Florida  32714

UMA Solar manufactures and distributes the industry's highest-performing solar products for residential and commercial applications nationwide. UMA Solar features industry-leading products including Heliocol, the world's top solar pool heating systems; Solene Solar Water Heating Systems utilizing the industry's highest-rated domestic water heating systems with more than 100 OG-300 systems available; and, Heliolectric, photovoltaic (PV) solar electric equipment packages, individual components and complete systems. UMA Solar offers its products through its network of more than 700 dealers nationwide. Five distribution locations are strategically placed throughout the U.S. for convenient and continuous availability. For more information, call UMA Solar at 1-800-79-SOLAR or visit http://www.umasolar.com.

Monday, June 4, 2012

UMA Solar to Display Advanced Solar Thermal Technology at Intersolar North America

UMA Solar will feature advanced solar thermal technology as the centerpiece of the company's exhibit at Intersolar North America, July 10-12, 2012 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif.

At booth #7916, visitors can obtain information on UMA Solar's products and services including SunStar and Heliocol solar pool heating systems and Aurora solar hot water collectors by Solene.

"We're proud to feature our flagship solar pool heating systems," said UMA Solar Director of Marketing Tod Ellington. "SunStar's unique technical features, including individual tube design, ultra-efficient operation, one-piece 'overmolded' construction and innovative, strap-free mounting system, make it an ideal collector for use in commercial and residential solar pool heating applications.

SunStar solar pool heating systems are ideal for both commercial and residential solar pool heating applications.
SunStar solar pool heating systems are ideal for both
commercial and residential solar pool heating applications.

"Heliocol is also designed for both commercial and residential use," Ellington added, "making it a favorite choice among the most exclusive clients in the industry since 1977."

A large Heliocol solar pool heating installation saves money while keeping the outdoor pool at UC San Diego warm and comfortable.
A large Heliocol commercial solar pool heating installation at UC San Diego.

Aurora solar panels, also to be displayed, generate more energy per square foot than any other collector, making it the best flat-plate collector on the market.

An impressive array of Aurora Solene solar water heating collectors at the exclusive Admiral's Cove yacht club in Florida.
An impressive array of Aurora Solene solar water heating collectors
at the exclusive Admiral's Cove yacht club in Florida.

"Aurora's durable design provides years of convenient, free energy with the convenience of traditional water heating systems," said Ellington.