August 6, 2007

Toronto launches largest city-owned solar heating systems for pools

TORONTO, ONT-The city of Toronto recently launched the heating of four indoor pools using solar energy. The solar pool heating systems are the largest municipally-owned installations in Canada, and are heating pools at three of the city's recreation centres. At 312 square metres (m2), the Jimmie Simpson Recreation Centre solar pool heating system is the largest in Canada (there are two pools at this location, each serviced by its own system; the smaller solar system is 94 m2). Scarborough Centennial Recreation Centre's solar heating system is 250 m2 and the installation at the Agincourt Recreation Centre is 241 m2. The costs of the solar heating system installations were covered by Toronto's Energy Retrofit Program, the Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). TAF funding for these projects totalled $52,786, while NRCan contributed $26,031.

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