Solar panels save pool £1,500

A swimming pool which has had solar thermal water heating panels installed on its roof is making £1,500-a-year savings on its energy bill.

The Jermond community swimming pool in Newcastle, installed 11 panels, which use the sun's energy to heat water.

As well as saving the swimming pool money, the panels are also helping it cut its carbon dioxide emissions by around 5,350 kilograms a year.

The 61 square metre array was funded by the Energy Saving Trust and energy company E.On.

Glenn Armstrong, chief executive of Jesmond Swimming Project, said: "We're delighted to have received this funding and very happy with the final result. Not only has the solar installation helped us to decrease our carbon footprint, it's also cut our energy bills.

"Visitors to the pool can view the system output on our display at the entrance. It's amazing to see in action the difference we're making to the environment."

The Energy Bill currently working its way through parliament includes provision for renewable heat projects to receive subsidies.

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