Hoopa Valley Tribe - 1994 Project
|Tribe/Awardee:||Hoopa Valley Tribe|
|Project Title:||Energy Efficient Community Swimming Pool|
|Type of Application:||Deployment|
|DOE Grant Number:||DE-FG48-94R810525|
|Project Status:||Complete More|
The Hoopa Valley Tribe is located in a northern California valley about 45 miles from the nearest city. The tribe is located in remote and mountainous area. The tribe was experiencing high energy costs to operate its community swimming pool due to the equipment's age, inefficient design, and the lack of a pool cover. The old furnace system was in dire need of replacement, and the use of the pool was limited to about four to five months per year.
Under a 1994 grant, the tribe performed an extensive energy efficiency upgrade to the community swimming pool and community center. The objectives were two-fold. First, to install solar thermal collectors on the roof of the community center, and second, to place a cover over the community swimming pool to retain the heat and make the pool usable year around.
Project Actions and Resultant Data
An active solar water heating system is part of the equipment purchased by the Hoopa Valley Tribe with their 1994 grant. The tribe has converted their community swimming pool to year-round operation by covering it with an inflatable fabric dome; heating the water with the solar system and a new high-efficiency gas backup heater; and upgrading the old pump/filter system.
Results, Conclusions, Findings, and Recommendations
When the project was competed, the Hoopa Valley Tribe had installed an array of solar thermal collectors on the roof of its community center, upgraded its gas-fired backup system, and placed a fabric air-pressured dome over the community swimming pool. The new energy system is expected to reduce the community center's utility bill by 32%.
For project status or additional information, contact the project contact.
Hoopa Valley Tribe
PO Box 1348
Hoopa, CA 95546
Telephone: (916) 625-5392