Hot Sun Industries, maker of the Powerstrip solar pool heating system explains basic system operation as well as some plumbing guidelines.
Your solar panels should be able to get a maximum amount of light form the sun. If you are set against hiring a professional to assist you, you can start tracking the sun's movements yourself to calculate the best positioning.
You can get started with solar power by installing a small system to light your exterior lights or get a solar powered hot water heater. These little lights soak up the sun's rays during the day and shine a path through the darkness at night. These are very simple to put in, and they light up your outdoor space in a charming way.