Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pool in Bid to Cool Its Costs; SOLAR PANELS TO HEAT WATER

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pool in Bid to Cool Its Costs; SOLAR PANELS TO HEAT WATER

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Byline: By AMY HUNT Environment reporter

A SWIMMING pool threatened with closure is beating rising energy prices and going green.

Bosses at Jesmond Pool, in Newcastle, have installed solar panels on the roof of the building which will save more than pounds 1,500 on the cost of heating the pool's water.

The money saved will safeguard the future of the community pool, which was struggling to meet its energy costs, as well as cutting harmful carbon dioxide emissions by seven tonnes a year.

Green support services company eaga helped managers at the pool to find pounds 37,000 in grants from energy supplier E-ON and the Energy Saving Trust to put up the panels.

The cash covered the entire cost of fitting a 61 sqm array of flat plate solar thermal collectors to the pool roof.

Glenn Armstrong, from the Jesmond Swimming Pool Management Committee, said: "Our pool is a wonderful community facility, but despite managing to reduce our consumption year on year, the costs continue to rise at an alarming rate and this is impacting on our financial performance. …

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