The South West Sports Centre’s state-of-the-art solar project is back on track after a delay on parts.
The two heat exchangers have arrived from Denmark after being held up at customs.
Acting centre manager David Russell is expecting the project, which started in January, to be completed by mid-May.
‘‘Flushing and pressure testing of the roof plumbing and manifolds has been completed,’’ Mr Russell said.
‘‘Installation of the tubing on the roof structure will be completed by May 1.
‘‘The system should be ready for hand-over and commissioning on May 11.’’
Craig Doncon of Supreme Heating, who was awarded the project tender, said it was relief to get the parts through from Denmark.
‘‘It’s just part and parcel with the job, quality products coming out of Europe are always going to take time,’’ Mr Doncon said.
‘‘The queues that you have to deal with when ordering internationally are always quite lengthy.
‘‘It was great to finally get the heat exchangers, it means we could keep moving with the roof.’’
When completed, the Royalties for Regions-funded project will consist of an amazing 240 solar panels, the equivalent of 7200 tubes.
The centre will use the solar panels to heat its indoor pools, with the evacuated glass tubes generating about 550KW of energy per day once installed.
Mr Doncon was confident that other centres around the State would follow the South West Sports Centre’s lead an install solar panels to save on heating costs and become more environmentally friendly.
‘‘It’s a very high profile project being a Bunbury first and WA first,’’ he said.
‘‘If other centres see how effective this is at reducing energy costs I’m sure they’ll jump on board.’’