Hudson Hope's pool is going green

The swimming pool in Hudson's Hope has put solar panels on the roof of its outdoor pool facility. The aim is to reduce greenhouse gases and save energy costs.

According to Mike Carter Director of Public Works for the District of Hudson's Hope the swimming pool was identified as one of three buildings that were high energy users after it completed it's energy audit.

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The District completed the project last fall, working through the winter to complete the project within the designated time frame required by the funding source.

"The largest [solar panel] section is to heat the pool and the another section was installed for hot water for the showers," said Carter.

He added that the District of Hudson's Hope has been trying to reduce its carbon footprint, pointing to the first project they had worked on, a heat recovery project for an arena where the District drew energy from the compressor and then used it to heat the building. The new solar panels for swimming pool are their second project in this initiative.

The District of Hudson Hope won't know how much the new solar panels for the pool until they have had it in full operation for a full season, but they are expecting significant results.

"We are hoping for a 50 per cent reduction in energy costs when the pool is open," said Carter. The pool is open seasonally starting from the May long weekend and closes on the September long weekend.

He thinks the District's latest project is a very clever initiative to improve the overall look of the pool and save on energy at the same time. Carter is hoping other communities may look at what Hudson's Hope has done when the numbers are in, so evryone can learn from this idea.

"There are not many swimming pools that we are aware of that have done this project," said Carter.

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