Mallaig & District Swimming Pool has received a £500 grant from HWEnergy to support their efforts to make the facility more energy efficient
Brian O’Rourke, Pool Manager at Mallaig Swimming Pool describes how this funding is important: “Over the past 18 months we have being working very closely with both Lochaber Environment Group and Resource Efficient Scotland to improve the energy efficiency of the of Mallaig Swimming Pool. With support from Resource Efficient Scotland we have managed to complete a full audit of the energy systems and complete an air tightness test/thermal imaging of the building. These reports have given us a better understanding of the problems with the current energy systems and identified what measures are needed to improve them. The scale of these measures ranges from major projects like replacing the energy control systems to smaller scale measure like replacing insulation on piping. I pleased to say that with this information we have manged to get funding to help implement some of these recommendations. With this kind donation of £500 from HWEnergy, we plan to replace and improve the insulation on part of the heating system. We are still working to raise funds to implement the major improvement but every little bit helps.”
In 2010 HWEnergy installed a 150kW biomass boiler at the pool running on locally sourced, sustainable wood chips to displace the old oil-fired heating system. This enables the pool to achieve fuel cost savings together with reducing carbon emissions by 130 tonnes per annum. HWEnergy financed the installation and sell heat to the pool on a long term basis, which meant the benefits could be achieved without the pool needing to find money to invest. Read the full case study here.
HWEnergy has donated more than £18,000 to 56 different charities, sports clubs and organisations throughout Scotland since it started its community fund in 2012.