npower Funds Solar Panels For Swimming Centre
on: October 21, 2009, 6:23 am
from npower means that a swimming pool that is part of a multipurpose
centre on the Stackpole Estate in Pembrokeshire has been installed
with enough renewable technology to make it the largest collection
of solar thermal panels across the National Trust.
from npower - as part of
the National Trust
Green Energy Fund - enabled a total of 19 flat-plate solar
panels to be installed on the roof of the pool at the Stackpole
Centre by local contractor West Wales Solar Heating. The Green
Energy Fund project invests in small scale renewable energy generation
and other carbon saving projects at Trust sites across Wales and
Welsh produced solar panels now provide free heat to a pool that
used to cost thousands of pounds a year to heat. The result is
not only lower running costs for the Trust but another important
small step towards lowering environmental impact and reducing
climate changing carbon emissions
project, which cost £18,000, will enable the pool's water
to be heated by the power of the sun; supplemented for now with
a gas system but with plans to move to a biomass heating system
in the near future. The system works by water continually being
pumped from the pool into a storage tank where it is heated up
by energy created from the solar panels.
Jones, Environmental Practices Advisor for the National Trust
in Wales, said: "The National Trust is committed to reducing
our own energy footprint and in developing projects that can enable
people to learn about adaptation and efficient resource use and
saving money. This is the largest solar panel system of its kind
within the National Trust, and it is estimated it will produce
58,400Kw every year or the equivalent of almost 160 electric heaters
left on for an hour every day of the year (saving over a third
of its previous energy consumption).
far as we were concerned this was a very simple calculation -
an investment equivalent to 18 months' worth of gas costs to heat
the pool and it will have paid for itself in six years. In summer
and the warmer days this system will provide most if not all the
heat for the pool."
also have a digital display, which will enable members of the
public and resident guests using the pool at Stackpole Centre,
to see exactly how much energy is being produced by the solar
panels during their visit.
Robinson from npower said: "npower is proud to have funded
the National Trust's largest ever solar heating system at Stackpole.
In partnership with the National Trust, npower is providing expertise
and financial support to help those looking for ways to be more
efficient and make financial savings along the way."
Stackpole Centre, a multi-purpose venue at the heart of the famous
Stackpole Estate, formerly home of the Cawdor Family. The estate
is a designated Grade 1 Heritage landscape and a National Nature
Reserve. The centre has a unique and versatile range of cottages
and group houses with associated facilities.
npower is one of Britain's largest electricity supplier and supplies
and gas (and related services) to 6.6 million customers across
the UK. npower is a market leader in renewable energy and sources
the green energy for juice directly from renewable sources, at
no extra cost.
npower has been awarded the prestigious CommunityMark from Business
in the Community (BITC). npower is the only utility business,
amongst 21 other companies in the UK, to receive this accolade.
The CommunityMark is a new BITC standard which has been created
to recognise companies that are good investors in local communities
and who have brought about real and positive changes.
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