Ōtaki Swimming Pool had a solar thermal heating system installed in 2011, funded via an EECA grant and loan. The 535 m² collector on the roof is the largest of its kind in New Zealand. The system heats pool water directly when the outdoor conditions allow, reducing the amount of fuel used by the pool’s natural gas boiler. The online monitoring system allows system temperatures and other information to be viewed through the Internet. This can be viewed at http://www.splashmonitoring.com/system/otaki-pool . As of May 2014, the system has recorded 205,000 kWh of energy production, reducing the facility’s carbon emissions by 47 tonnes.
Contact for information: Jake Roos, Energy and Climate Change Advisor, Kapiti Coast District Council