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Fancy a solar dip?

Martin Aaron Martin Aaron | 14:03 UK time, Monday, 12 October 2009

The Stackpole Estate in Pembrokeshire have just installed a new swimming pool that is powered by renewable energy in the shape of 19 solar panels - the largest collection across the National Trust.

These Welsh produced solar panels now provide free heat to a pool that used to cost thousands of pounds a year to heat.

The result is not only lower running costs for the Trust but another important small step towards lowering the environmental impact and reducing the climate changing carbon emissions

The project, which cost £18,000, will enable the pool's water to be heated by the power of the sun; supplemented for now with a gas system with plans to move to a biomass heating system in the near future.

The system works by water continually being pumped from the pool into a storage tank where it is heated up by energy created from the solar panels

The solar panels have a digital display to enable members of the public and resident guests using the pool at Stackpole Centre, to see exactly how much energy is being produced by the solar panels during their visit.

The pool is open to the public from 9.30am to 3.30pm daily, except Monday and Friday, and costs: Adult £.50; Child (under 16) £2.

Children under 5 years of age have free entry. Please contact reception on 01646 661425 before visiting as the pool can be busy at times.




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