A green energy company is working to safeguard the future of a unique visitor attraction.
North Tyneside-based Opus Green was asked to help Stanhope Open Air Swimming Pool, a favourite destination in Weardale since 1974.
The pool is open for 100 days a year, between late May and early September and between 4,000 and 9,000 visitors flock to the pool in that period, dependent on weather.
The pool’s boilers need to be replaced urgently, with one of the four having failed completely.
Chairman of Stanhope Pool Ltd, Peter Thompson, turned to Opus Green’s managing director Chris Cassells for help in finding a sustainable energy solution rather than simply replacing the current boilers.
The pool is supported by Durham County Council, and a bid for capital funding has gone into the council requesting funds to help pay for the new system – two new energy efficient condensing boilers and 38 solar PV panels which feed into immersion heaters and keep down gas consumption.
“The new heating system will cost about £35,000 and we’ve asked the council for £20,000, with the remainder coming from money we’ve raised,” said Mr Thompson. “However, with the efficiencies the new system would bring, the council’s contribution to the pool’s annual energy costs would be reduced by about 20%
“The council has been very supportive of us and we hope they’ll look favourable on our bid.”