Photo credit: Solar Breeze
Photo credit: Solar Breeze

A Phoenix-Ariz. company raised more than $400,000 on Kickstarter to put a solar powered pool cleaner into production.

Solar Pool Technologies launched the crowd-funding campaign on July 30 with the goal of raising $315,000. The project exceeded that goal with $408,078 from 758 backers by the time the campaign closed on Sept. 12.

The money will be used to produce the Solar-Breeze NX, an upgraded version of the original Solar-Breeze.

“Many of our customers encouraged us to use Kickstarter to fund the next Solar-Breeze, so we've listened,” said Solar Pool CEO Paul Sim in a statement. “We are big believers in our product and we have planned to launch the new model for some time. We are honored that so many owners of the original Solar-Breeze, as well as many new customers, stepped forward to bring the new Solar-Breeze NX to life.”

Out of more than 250,000 crowdfunding campaigns held since Kickstarter's inception, only 2,371 have raised more than $100,000.