Alice Springs’ most abundant and free resource is now heating four of the pools at the new Alice Springs Aquatic and Leisure Centre via 275 Helicol solar panels installed on its roof.
The new solar heating system will on average meet 40% of the heating requirements for the indoor pools, increasing to nearly 100% of the heating requirement during summer.
With over 170km of vermin, cockatoo and UV resistant piping being used, the installation is one of the largest of its type in Australia.
The total installation cost is $300 000, with Alice Springs Town Council and the Australian Government each contributing $150 000.
The solar water heating system will reduce the Centre's gas usage by an estimated 30% and save over 3450 GJ natural gas per year (equivalent to 350 tonnes CO2-e). The new system will on average meet 40% of the heating requirement for the indoor pools (increasing to nearly 100% of the heating requirement during summer).