$2million energy saver for MARC   

THE City of Mandurah has secured $2million to help save energy and reduce power bills as part of the Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre redevelopment project.

The Australian Government’s Community Energy Efficiency Program grant will go towards installing geothermal heating at the centre.

Geothermal heating was identified as the most cost effective and long-term sustainable heating method.

City chief executive Mark Newman said the funding was a big win for the Mandurah community.

“Not only will geothermal heating result in significant cost savings to the City and our community, it will reduce energy use, carbon footprints and power bills at the centre,” he said.

Direct geothermal heating involves using a 1000-metre deep bore to extract warm water.

This water is then passed through a heat exchanger and used to directly heat the swimming pool and the air in the building, before being returned to the aquifer via a second bore.

“When compared to conventional heating systems, the geothermal system has the lowest carbon emissions and maintenance costs,” Mr Newman said.