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Swimming pool with solar

Heat your swimming pool with solar even in Canadian Winters.... These 4 collectors heated an 38 x 18 foot pool from 62 Deg F to over 85 Deg F by end of may in Ontario. The excess heat then goes to heat the hot tub.

Solar Multiple collectors

Multiple collectors can be added together to meet your home or business hot water needs.

Solar Car

Solar Car washes are the perfect application for solar water heating. Everyone washes their cars on a nice day..... You could turn off your commercial gas for 6 months of the year!!!

Simulation Reports

Free Simulation Reports and Free Design. Find out just how much our solar thermal systems can save you!

Evacuated tubes

Evacuated tubes will still produce smoking hot water even when it is -40 Deg C outside!

Residential Solar Water Heating

For all your home projects, we can supply you DIY Kits for you to install.  Many people do not believe solar water heating can work in Canada as it is so cold during winter.  In fact solar water heating works incredibly well even during the -40 deg C days that are common in Canada.

Commercial Solar Water Heating

For Car Washes, Pools, Hotels.
Ontario Car Wash Installer: "Those evacuated tube solar collectors are amazing. With our pump they are a perfect match. By 7:40 am yesterday (20th June 2011) the pump began to send 40 degree C fluid to the heat exchanger."

Solar Pool Heating

Solar Pool Heating in Canada and Northern USA with solar vacuum tubes has many advantage.  Regular solar pool heaters only heat on sunny warm days.  Maximize your pool season with our solar pool water heaters for indoor or outdoor pools.

Contractors & Installers

We aim to provide solar equipment at the best possible pricing for everyone.  If you are an company and wish to stock or install our collectors then we can work together to enable people to buy these systems from you and save on transport costs.

Solar Water Heater

Solar Water Heater

Solar water heater have been used for over 100 years and the 1st set of solar water heater were commercially available in before the 1900’s. Residential solar water heating systems were basic black tanks placed on top of the roof. The black paint absorbs the sunlight and heats up the water in the tank. The concept today is evolved to a much great level of technology and temperatures reaching 400 F are possible. However the basic principle of solar water heating is the same. The sun’s radiation is absorbed and transferred to the water directly or indirectly through a heating fluid and a heat exchanger’s loop.

Modern day solar heating is now possible in almost any temperature or climate with the introduction of vacuum tube solar water collectors. The vacuum tubes are similar to a thermos and as such loose less than 3% off the heat they capture. This means solar water heaters can provide water heating year round regardless of the outdoor temperature. The evacuated tubes are also able to deliver high temperature water for commercial solar heating and industrial use which has greatly evolved the way solar energy is being used.

In North America most people know solar water heating in the form of solar pool heaters. These black plastic mats sit on the roof of houses and provide free energy for pool owners. However they are limited in their capacity. Modern High Performance solar water heaters can be used to provide both pool heat in the summer and space heating in the winter. The popularity of solar heating has tripled in the last decade with states such as Hawaii mandating solar water heaters on all new home construction.

Traditional Photo Voltaic panels capture about 15% of the solar energy where by modern day solar vacuum tubes can capture 60-80% of the energy. This makes solar thermal much more efficient when heat energy is required such as home heating, domestic hot water and pool and hot tubs.

Solar Thermal energy Solar Thermal energy is also used to create electricity by creating high temperature steam that drives turbines. The largest solar power plant in the world uses solar thermal energy to generate 392 MW of power. The Ivanpah Solar Thermal plant is located in the Mojave Desert uses concentrated mirrors to reflect the sun’s energy to large heating towers providing thermal energy to create supper steam to drive the turbines.

A major advantage of solar thermal energy is that it can be easily stored for use as needed. This is done by using highly insulated solar hot water tanks to store the energy. The energy can then be pulled out during the evenings or as needed. Unlike solar PV there are no costly batteries, charge controllers or inverters that that are needed, just a simple solar  water tank is all that is used.   

For homeowners and commercial businesses that want to save money and invest in Green Energy, solar thermal water heater systems are more practical to provide direct heat energy than using Photo Voltaic energy to create heat. A home owner can buy a simple solar domestic hot water heater for as little as $3000. The investment also is eligible for tax incentives that in some states in the US can be as high as 80% of the cost. This make solar water heating an ideal investment with great returns for residential and commercial heating applications.

Hot Water

One of the 1st solar commercial water comapanies
Nov 25 2011

Stuart L - Near Ottawa
I've attached some photos. One is of 2 Latitude51 panels in a neighbour's system. The others are of my system. My heat/hot water system includes a wood boiler and 600 gallon heat storage tank shown in one photo. The tank has three heat transfer coils in it. One coil transfers heat to the tank from the boiler and heat from the tank to the heating system. The second coil heats the dometic hot water. The third coil transfers heat to the tank from the solar collectors.

Read more: Stuart L - Ottawa

Oct 01 2015

Calgary Zoo Canada

Latitude51Solar a division of Northern Lights Solar Solutions were chosen to supply the City of Calgary’s Zoo with 16 high performance SunRain TZ58 1800 30R solar vacuum tube collectors. These high performance evacuated tubes were ideal for the water and space heating requirements for the newly renovated ENMAX conservatory. This modern facility houses a complete tropical eco environment complete with Canada’s largest butterfly pavilion. The solar vacuum tubes provide direct heat source to maintain the interior temperatures needed in the winter as well as maintain the water temperature throughout the facility.

The Solar Vacuum Tube Collectors are estimated to provide 32 MW of heat energy annual providing great relief to the Zoo’s operating budget.

You can visit the zoo and see the system in operation by visiting them during business hours between 9 am- 5 pm Mon-Sun.

Jun 25 2013

From Kevin M. - Port Egin Ontario, solar swimming pool heating

 Solar evacuated tubes

This article is describing a large outdoor solar heated swimming pool.  As you can read from this story a single 30 tube solar collectors is helping maintain the pools heating at a very nice 86 Deg F temperature.  If you are heating a swimming pool with gas / propane or electricity you should seriously start thinking about heating the pool with solar.  The payback on solar pool heating is the best you will get.


The text below was sent to us from the pool owner and shows both the layout and the sime method of connecting the system into your existing pool heating system.  3 black manual valves is all you need along with some of your time to install it.......



Read more: Solar Pool Heating - Port Elgin Ontario
Dec 23 2009

There are many reasons why people install solar energy systems, either solar hot water or solar PV systems.

  1. Protect themselves from rising energy costs.
  2. To reduce their Carbon footprints.
  3. To go off grid
  4. Peak OIl

Until you understand peak oil all discussion of what future enery prices are is a pointless exercise. Hopefully this article will give you a better understanding of why solar is THE most important technology for everyone.

Read more: Peak Oil
Dec 20 2011

In this email we will cover these topics.

  1. If you are looking to install a solar water heating system you are most likely wanting to know how the grants work and what you need to get them.
  2. Explaining what the new F379 is and what it does for you.  This will give you some valuable information about what to install and what not to install on your solar water heating system.

The old incentive scheme ended for solar water heating ended March 31st 2011.  It was replaced shortly afterwards with a new scheme but it had some radical changes to the program.

Read more: Grants for solar systems

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Northern Lights Solar Solutions (NLSS) has completed a partnership deal with Canadian based Latitude 51 Solar. This partnership will allow Latitude 51 to continue its Canadian distribution of the Northern Lights Solar Thermal products. The ...


123ZeroEnergy in conjunction with Northern Lights Solar Solutions supplies the Enmax conservatory located in Calgary, AB Canada with 16 high performance solar vacuum tube collectors. The Sun Rain solar evacuated tubes are consider ...

From Kevin M. - Port Egin Ontario, solar swimming pool heating


This article is describing a large outdoor solar heated swimming pool.  As you can read from this story a single 30 tube solar collectors is helping maintain the pools ...

Good afternoon,
Our very simple solar water system has been up and running since the end of
March. Even on cloudy days it provides more than enough hot water for our
needs. We had no previous experience with solar water heating, so put this
together in ...

 Terry Fenwick, Harwood, Ontario
I installed my two 30 tube collector system in late November 2010.

My design goal was to maximize the winter heat gain to help heat water used for radiant floors and my domestic hot water. I have started ...

Stuart L - Near Ottawa
I've attached some photos. One is of 2 Latitude51 panels in a neighbour's system. The others are of my system. My heat/hot water system includes a wood boiler and 600 gallon heat storage tank shown in one photo. The tank has ...

I purchased a system last fall from Latitude51 Solar, originally thought I would need a 60 tube setup
but have found the 30 tube works just fine for me and my wife even though we have a tree shading
problem around our yard.
I have an on demand ...

 From Mike Holden, Ontario
System: 2 x 30 tube collectors, custom install for DHW and space heating.
"The great thing about solar energy, is that it is "free", the downside of solar energy, is that YOU must make a commitment, both ...

From George Skeet - High River Alberta.
System: 2 x 30 tube collectors, 2 x 70 gallon tanks.
Just a quick note to show we did put the panels we bought from you to work. To date the controller says we have produced 2200 kwh of energy. The controller ...

From Wayne Larsen - Big Bar Lake, BC
System: 4 x 30 evacuated tube solar collectors, The owner built his own house incorporating energy efficient designs and right from the beginning the plan was to incorportate solar hot water space heating into the ...

 From Doug S. - SE Calgary
System: 3 x 30 tube collectors, 80 Gallon Tank
For the last 3 and a half weeks (May 2011) we have had the panels run the tank up to 75 C but usually average 50-60 Deg C- range.

One of the reasons for this we have ...

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