Solar panels energise Library and Aquarena

Published on Wednesday, 18 September 2019 at 9:13:26 AM

The use of renewable energy to power the City’s buildings continues with the installation of solar panels on the roofs of the Geraldton Regional Library and Aquarena slated for the coming weeks.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the continued roll-out of solar photovoltaic systems on City buildings is key to reducing the City’s operating costs and carbon footprint.

“The City began its investment in renewable energy in 2012 when solar panels were installed on the roof of the QEII Seniors and Community Centre,” he said.

“Since then, panels have also been installed on the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, Queens Park Theatre (QPT) and Geraldton Multipurpose Centre (GMC).

“These four systems are already saving the City more than $50,000 per annum in power costs.

“Whereas the Library and Aquarena panels will save us an estimated $70,000 a year in our energy bill whilst offsetting 327,000 kg of CO2 which is the equivalent of driving 1.7million kms a year in an average Australian car.”

“More importantly, the project is enabling the City to maintain its ongoing commitment to sustainability which will benefit our future generations,” Mayor Van Styn added.

Local contractor Behind the Meter Energy (BTM) was awarded the tender with installation works at the Library scheduled to commence in late-September and are expected to take around three weeks to complete. Works at the Aquarena are expected to begin mid-October and take around four weeks to complete.


Solar panels were installed on the QEII Seniors and Community Centre in 2012.

Solar panels were installed on the QEII Seniors and Community Centre in 2012.

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