Mid Devon Leisure Centres Transition to Sustainable Energy
A green energy transition ensures a more sustainable future at Exe Valley and Lords Meadow Leisure Centres. Smart heat pumps grab free heat from the ground and air, assisted by power from solar panels. This move away from harmful fossil fuels aims to save 450 tonnes of CO2 per year, equivalent to driving 88 times around the world.
Smart control systems will continue to monitor and optimise performance in the coming years, now the more efficient systems are in place.
Councillor Natasha Bradshaw, Cabinet Member for Climate Change, said:
“This transition to renewable energy is a vital step in our commitment to combat climate change. Recent changes that we’ve rolled out have improved the customer experience whilst also reducing our carbon impact; it’s a win-win for our residents and the planet.”
Councillor David Wulff, Cabinet Member for Community and Leisure, said:
“We’re thrilled to bring this series of upgrades to our leisure facilities. These latest additions will allow us to maintain our services into the future, providing an outlet for residents to enhance their quality of life through our diverse recreational offering.”
The switch to renewable energy tech was made possible by £2.8 million from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS) delivered by Salix on behalf of the UK government's restructured energy and business departments. The PSDS aims to put the public sector at the forefront of decarbonising buildings in the UK. The Council's latest improvements include new LED spotlights at all-weather pitches and these projects build on the success of over £300k of Salix money invested to replace lighting with smart LED units at all three Council sports centres (Crediton, Cullompton, Tiverton).