Solar panels energise Aquarena

Published: Wednesday, 8 January 2020 at 1:52:06 PM

The City’s use of renewable energy continues in 2020 with the installation of solar panels on the roof of the Aquarena slated to start next week.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the continued rollout of solar photovoltaic systems on City buildings is part of Council’s ongoing commitment towards reducing costs and carbon emissions.

“Over the past eight years the City has installed solar panels on the roofs of the QEII Seniors and Community Centre, the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, Queens Park Theatre, the Geraldton Multipurpose Centre and most recently, the Geraldton Regional Library,” he said.

“The City’s investment in solar panels for the Aquarena and Library this financial year will save us an estimated $70,000 per year in our energy bill.

“It will also offset an estimated 327,000 kg of CO2 which is the equivalent of driving 1.7million kms a year in an average Australian car.

“These projects are part of our ongoing commitment to sustainability which will benefit our future generations.”

Local contractor Behind the Meter (BTM) was awarded the tender with installation works at the Aquarena scheduled to begin on Monday 13 January 2019 and will take around six weeks to complete.

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Solar panels installed on the roof of the Geraldton Regional Library in October 2019.

The City’s use of renewable energy continues in 2020 with the installation of solar panels on the roof of the Aquarena slated to start next week. City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the continued rollout of solar photovoltaic systems on City buildings is part of Council’s ongoing commitment towards reducing costs and carbon emissions. “Over the past eight years the City has installed solar panels on the roofs of the QEII Seniors and Community Centre, the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, Queens Park Theatre, the Geraldton Multipurpose Centre and most recently, the Geraldton Regional Library,” he said. “The City’s investment in solar panels for the Aquarena and Library this financial year will save us an estimated $70,000 per year in our energy bill.  “It will also offset an estimated 327,000 kg of CO2 which is the equivalent of driving 1.7million kms a year in an average Australian car. “These projects are part of our ongoing commitment to sustainability which will benefit our future generations.” Local contractor Behind the Meter (BTM) was awarded the tender with installation works at the Aquarena scheduled to begin on Monday 13 January 2019 and will take around six weeks to complete.  PICTURE CAPTION: Solar panels installed on the roof of the Geraldton Regional Library in October 2019.

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