AN INDOOR tennis centre is set to serve its users with new energy-efficient lighting.

An upgraded LED system at Totally Tennis in War Memorial Park will make savings on the annual electricity bill, lower energy consumption, provide better quality lighting and longer lasting fittings.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council (BDBC) has approved the scheme to replace the current 44 halogen fittings with LEDs in the indoor tennis courts, at a cost of £10,530 from the Green Alternative Investment Fund.

It is anticipated savings of more than £5,000 will be made annually and there will be a potential reduction in carbon emissions of approximately two tonnes CO2 per annum.

Players at the centre, managed by Totally Tennis, will benefit from the LED system which has brightness control and no glare that would adversely affect conditions on court. The new light fittings will also be protected to avoid potential damage if hit by tennis balls.

Furthermore, the management fee paid by the borough council to Totally Tennis will be reduced as the new energy efficiency measures take effect.

The upgraded LED technology is also being installed in street lights throughout Basingstoke as well as other council facilities such as the pool lights at the Aquadrome and Tadley Pool.

BDBC cabinet member for regulatory services and the environment Councillor Hayley Eachus said: “This is a very positive initiative. We are looking forward to switching to the new cost and energy saving lighting system at the indoor tennis centre.

“The LED lights will provide tennis players with improved conditions on the courts and supports the council’s commitment to reducing our carbon footprint through investment in cost-effective projects.

“I hope this investment in the tennis centre facilities will encourage more local people to pick up a tennis racquet and enjoy the sport. Totally Tennis offers a wide range of daily sessions at the centre for young people and adults of all ages and abilities.”