The state of Victoria, Australia is using fines accumulated from big polluters to fund a $875,000 government grant aimed at taking excess energy from a swimming pool to re-use as power.

Cogeneration upgrades at Reservoir and the Northcote aquatic centre will help the council slash its energy use by 42 per cent and save $150,000 a year.

Northcote Acquatic Centre
It is hoped that the initiative would assist Darebin Council reach its goal of being carbon neutral by 2020, reports the Herald Sun.

Victorian businesses have also been given grants under a clean technology investment program to help manufacturers reduce energy bills and cut pollution.

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