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Joe Hernandez, left, and Jason Tasker are reflected in two of 60 solar heating panels on the rooftop of the Beardsley Recreation Center in Sun City West on Thursday afternoon. The two are working for Tempe-based Carlson Solar Technologies. After being approached by Sun City West management, the company suggested installing a solar array for the center’s heating needs. Water, room temperature and the Olympic-sized swimming pool will all utilize the sun’s energy for a smaller carbon footprint and a cheaper natural gas bill. Mike Scalia of Carlson Solar says the panels complete the largest thermal pool heating system in Arizona. All together, he estimates that the center will save about $16,000-$17,000 a month. “Thermal really is the best way to heat water,” Scalia said. “The Valley just gets so much sun.”
Republican Presidential candidates Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich square off in the GOP debate inside the Mesa Arts Center, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012.
Stories from our special medical supplement
A collection of columns by Ahwatukee medical experts Agnes Oblas, Astrid Heathcote, Michael Urig and Rashmi "Rush" Bhatnagar.