Government allocates £400,000 for Gainsborough leisure centre solar panels

Published on 5 March 2024, by Gainsboroughlive | No comments yet |

West Lindsey District Council has announced that its leisure centre has been allocated £401,500 of funding from the UK government to install hundreds of solar panels.

Located in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, the West Lindsey Leisure Centre was awarded the funding as part of the government’s Swimming Pool Support Fund in its second phase, aiming to make buildings more energy efficient.

The funding will be used to install 545 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on the swimming pool roof, saving 221 MWh of annual energy production.

In November 2019, the district council decided to make the council’s activities net-zero carbon by 2050, which includes the leisure centre.

This involves changing to more energy-efficient equipment, including LED lighting, variable speed drive, water-saving devices, and lighting sensors, and reducing energy wastage through the installation of pool covers.

Chair of the prosperous communities committee at the council, Councillor Lesley Rollings, said: “The installation of PV panels not only aligns with the council’s commitment to sustainability, but this investment will kickstart efforts to ‘future-proof’ provision at the leisure centre, creating an eco-friendly facility.

“The changes will reduce CO2 emissions and reduce energy bills, ensuring the leisure centre remains a vibrant hub for recreation and wellness for residents of all ages across our district.”

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