Here is an installation I did showing plumbing detail...in this case, the customer wanted options:
1)He can set Intelliflo to run pool cleaner and solar pump to circulate pool
2)During summer when there is lots of solar power,the solar pump can run the pool cleaner and pull water from skimmer or main drain
3)The Intelliflo can run pool cleaner and skimmer or main drain
The round valves above pumps allow one pump to run without pushing water backwards thru other pump or both pumps to run at same time.
Shown below are panels and display - note the power level even though its still morning and panels are partially shaded. Even at this low power,the solar pump was able to run kreepy krauly pool cleaner. A few minutes later,the voltage had climbed to 75 with panels still 30% shaded
The pump above is a Sun Ray pump from Natural Current.They claim 400 GPM flow which is quite incredible,more than most people would ever need but great for a slide or waterfall.
Solar Powered Swimming Pool Pumps
The DC motor pump above requires no innverter it can run directly off the solar panel power...two basic models available approx. 1 and 1.5 HP (2 HP special order) the 1 HP requires 3 panels the 1.5 HP requires 6 panels custom sizing available qualifies for 30% federal tax credit on total cost of installation. I will be installing these locally call for quote. Pump curves of 1 and 1.5 HP and specs of 1.5 HP below
These pool pump systems are DC solar powered and come with a controller and usually panels too. I saw the pump pictured below at a pool show and they were running pump with just two solar panels and it was a cloudy,overcast day. This particular pump is roughly equivalent to 3/4 HP and can pump about 60 GPM on the average pool on a sunny day. Higher output pumps that require more panels are available for commercial/large swimming pools.
The controller coverts the DC to three phase to run motor.