Case Study: Solar Transformation at North Boulder Recreation Center, Colorado
- Project Name: North Boulder Recreation Center
- Location: Boulder, Colorado
- Installation Year: Ongoing
- Installer: Industrial Solar Technology
- Solar Collectors: 142 SunEarth EC-40-1.5 flat plate collectors
- Gross Aperture Area: 5,795 square feet
The North Boulder Recreation Center in Boulder, Colorado, stands as a beacon of innovation and environmental responsibility. In a collaborative effort with Industrial Solar Technology, the center recently embarked on a transformative journey towards sustainability through the installation of 142 SunEarth EC-40-1.5 flat plate collectors. This ambitious solar hot water system was meticulously designed and expertly implemented to harness the power of the sun, with a focus on heating leisure and lap swimming pools, as well as providing a sustainable source of domestic hot water for showers and washing.
One of the most significant impacts of this solar system is its ability to replace the combustion of natural gas. Given the current cost of natural gas, the City of Boulder anticipates substantial annual savings, with estimates ranging from $15,000 to $20,000 per year. This not only translates to significant cost reductions but also reinforces the center's commitment to reducing its carbon footprint. The solar system is projected to deliver an impressive 50% of the annual heating load required for the swimming pools. Additionally, precise instrumentation in the form of a Btu meter allows for meticulous monitoring of the system's performance, which has proven to be excellent during the winter months.
The North Boulder Recreation Center's solar hot water system is a testament to the center's dedication to environmental sustainability and energy efficiency. The impressive array of 142 SunEarth flat plate collectors, occupying all available space on the gym and lap pool roofs, covers a substantial gross aperture area of 5,795 square feet. This remarkable initiative serves not only as a cost-effective solution but also as an environmentally conscious choice that embodies the city's progressive approach to renewable energy.
- Industrial Solar Technology:
The North Boulder Recreation Center's transition to solar technology demonstrates the power of innovative thinking and collaboration. As the solar system replaces conventional natural gas heating methods, it provides tangible savings for the City of Boulder while significantly reducing its carbon footprint. The real-time performance monitoring, facilitated by the Btu meter, is a testament to the system's reliability and efficiency, particularly during the colder months. As Boulder continues to prioritize sustainability and environmental responsibility, this case study showcases the positive impact of renewable energy integration in the heart of the community.