Solar panels eyed to heat city pool

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014


BAGUIO City officials are presently considering the use of solar panels to replace the heating system of the city swimming pool.

With the booked installation of a new heating system for the city owned sports facility, the City Sports Office is reviewing the offered proposal of using solar panels as water heater.

“The city officials are still reviewing the proposal made by the various contractors but as for the moment this solar heating system is being eyed for evaluation,” City sports coordinator Gaudencio Gonzales told SunStar Baguio.

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According to contractors, solar heating system will be less expensive and are easier to maintain than LPG or electric operated machines based on the proposal submitted to the city.

“According sa proposal na binigay nila they can develop the needed equipment with less than P2 million pesos only,” Gonzales said.

The city is set to release some P8 million for the installation of a new heater for the sports facility.

“Dapat last month pa na-award sa winning contractor ang project, however when the bidding was closed we were given a new idea so right now gusto munang subukan ng mga officials and efficiency nya,” Gonzales quipped.
According to Gonzales, the city will allow the suppliers of the equipment to demonstrate their apparatus.

“We know that the project is unresolved but as soon as the higher offices decides doon pa lang talagang uumpisahan yung project,” Gonzales said.

“Kung pwede lang we really want to proceed with it as soon as possible but since there are better options raised siguro okay lang na tignan talaga natin yung magiging mas makabubuti sa city in the long run,” Gonzales added.

The city-owned Olympic size pool, which has been dead with its heating system since 2010, is the only haven for local swimming athletes particularly children in elementary and secondary schools.

Gonzales said upon the installation of the development, it will take about two to three months before its completion.

The city is rushing to make some improvements in some of its sports facilities as it is scheduled to host close to 5,000 delegates from the entire region for the Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association February next year.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 27, 2014.

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