South Park Recreation District used pine beetle kill to heat their swimming pool.
To save money from rising propane costs and insulate their operation and maintenance budget from fluctuating fuel costs, South Park replaced their primary heating fuels with a woody biomass boiler through guaranteed energy savings performance contracting (GESPC). The swimming pool alone required 35,000 gallons of propane annually. Through the GESPC process it was determined that a woody biomass heating system using wood pellets would be more financially attractive than burning their previous heating fuels. Woody biomass would be acquired from trees that were killed by the pine beetle would produce less greenhouse gas emissions and better air quality. Other facility improvements include an optimized thermostat and optimized DHW system.
The project cost $450,000. South Park received $200,000 in Department of Local Affairs grants and $50,000 in the Governor’s Energy Office grants, while the remaining need was financed with a lease purchase agreement. Utility bill costs before the energy and water efficiency improvements were approximately $81,000 each year and, as a result of EPC, South Park will save nearly 50% on their energy bills for the recreation center,with projected annual savings of $35,000. The project will save South Park 13,000 kWh of electricity and 32,000 therms of fuel.