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If pools are looking for new areas of revenue they could do worse than follow the example of a number of swimming pools in Lincolnshire. One pool complex, the Embassy Centre in Skegness installed photovoltaic cells at a cost of almost £100,000 to provide all the heating for the pools.

East Lindsey District Council opted for the scheme because it wanted a ‘green’ theme for the facilities but also were impressed by the revenue forecasts for selling on the excess energy stored from the panels.

JetSolar SS20 EVT panels are one of the most cost effective pieces of swimming pool heating technology available and generate a real boost when it comes to heating outdoor pools. JetSolar’s SS20 is the first solar pool heating product to produce heat when swimming pools need it the most – on a warm summer’s day! Developed in Canada and now available through Fairlock’s, the behind the product was to produce a solar product that was the most efficient solar pool heater available. The designers used evacuated tube technology that has been proven over the years to provide hot water even on the coldest winter days in Canada, so creating a unique and reliable pool heating system. When used in conjunction with an efficient pool cover the SS20 will extend the pool season. No large surface area is required and the system

works on cloudy days. It is made from stainless steel and aluminium construction and is easy to install with no moving parts or running costs. Each panel can provide up to 7.5kW of heat per day on a clear sunny day.

Extremely well received at SPATEX earlier this year JetSolar is attracting a lot of attention from Fairlock’s customers. Literature and a well- informed technical fact sheet are available for those pool builders and retailers wanting to sell a simple impressive solar heating system that offers a level of satisfaction that far outweighs its price.




The future of a popular leisure centre and swimming pool could finally be safe, following a decision to make it eco-friendly with solar panels and wind turbines to make it energy efficient. Castle Point Council in Essex has said the energy themes will cut the centre’s energy bills and get access to money through Government energy relief schemes.

“It makes the whole difference between the project being viable and not,” said a council spokesman.

A total £1.3m for repairs to the hugely popular

Worthing’s new swimming pool is to be powered by a unique series of ground source heat pumps sunk into land to the west of the complex. The hi-tech heating/cooling system involves power from heat pumps made possible by driving 32 piles to tap into the underground energy source.

It was originally planned to locate the 100-150 metre deep piles under the pool itself, but now they will be on land to the west in Beach House Grounds.

Waterside Farm includes a complete overhaul of the pool’s pipe work, changes to the heating system, refurbishing the changing rooms and installing a new pool lining.

Rising repair costs have meant the project has kept getting delayed.

The pool was built in the 1970s, and the council feared that the upkeep would not be financially viable over the next few years.

Now research into the use of solar panels and nearby wind turbines means it could be totally self sufficient for energy.


The site is currently a grassed amenity area, and it will be returned to this state after the pool is completed in early 2013.

As a renewable source of energy, the ground source pumps will provide 100% of the new pool’s building cooling load. And as the cooling demand is decreased, the system will also reduce the load on the building heating system. The

system will reduce the building’s CO2 emissions by up to 15%.

The High Court has ruled that the electricity generated may be entitled to earn a higher rate energy tariff.

When drawing up the plans for the scheme East Lindsey had expected the panels to generate £875,000 in revenue over the course of their 25- year lifespan.

But that figure may now be £1.7m on the higher energy tariff.

The increase is down to a ruling that any solar panel installation completed before 3 March may be entitled to earn the higher energy rate. East Lindsey accelerated their plans to make sure they hit that deadline.

A spokesperson for the council said: “Even at the lower rate the panels would deliver a 119% return on investment as well as helping the Council save £13,000 per year in electricity costs and prevent 71,000kg of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.”

The High Court ruling implies that any schemes completed by 3 March would potentially be entitled to the higher rate tariff and the council, working in partnership with local contractor, Seymour and Castle Ltd from Louth, accelerated its original programme to ensure the deadline could be achieved.

“Confirmation from the Government on these rates is expected in the coming weeks,” they added.

The solar panels cost the council £400,000. As well as the Embassy Centre, they were also installed at the Meridian Leisure Centre in Louth and Horncastle Swimming Pool.

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