Solar panels have been installed at an outdoor pool in Mississauga as part of a pilot programme.
The Mississauga Credit Valley Lions Club’s pool recently became the first in the city to be heated using the panels, with the goal of saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The City of Mississauga said its staff will monitor the pool’s performance over the summer months to verify the anticipated benefits.
“Information collected will allow the City to gather knowledge, lessons learned, requirements, constraints and prepare for future installations of solar panels at other indoor and outdoor pools,” they said in a press release.
Savings of approximately 5,650 m3 gas, which translates to a reduction of 10.7 tonnes of GHG emissions, are anticipated.
“The pilot demonstrates the City’s leadership in green initiatives to help transform Mississauga into a ‘net zero’ carbon city. This initiative will also be an opportunity to educate residents on renewable energy and encourage them to consider alternate energy sources,” they added.
The City said it was also working on a number of other conservation initiatives that will see the use of energy efficient technology. This included heat recovery systems at four indoor pools, block heater control, cold water ice resurfacing system, ice plant optimization and building automation system upgrades.