Alice Springs Town Council is pleased to announce the Alice Springs Aquatic and Leisure Centre, currently under construction, will now include 275 Heliocol solar collector panels installed on the roof of the Centre to provide solar heating to the two new indoor pools and the two existing outdoor pools.
The total installation cost is $300 000, with Alice Springs Town Council and the Australian Government each contributing $150 000.
Mayor Damien Ryan said “I’m pleased at this recent funding provided by the Australian Government as part of the Alice Solar City project. As the lead proponent of Alice Solar City, this project is a practical demonstration of Council’s commitment to Alice going solar.”
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).
Alice Solar City General Manager Brian Elmer says, “It is exciting to see solar considered as a first option for such a large and new development in Alice Springs and this project will further enhance the town’s reputation as a leader in solar technology.”