Solar panels produce mega return

Published: Thursday, 14 May 2020 at 10:34:36 AM

Solar panels recently installed on the Library and Aquarena have generated almost 130 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity.

100 MWHs of this electricity was used to offset the energy consumption of the buildings while the remaining 30 MWhs has been put back into the grid.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said ongoing investments in renewable energy are financial and environmental wins for the community.

“The solar photovoltaic systems we installed at the Library and Aquarena are designed to generate more power than these facilities need,” he said.

“They have already generated more than $31,000 worth of excess electricity that has been fed back into the grid since they were commissioned just a few months ago.

“Their operation has also offset over 90 tonnes of CO2, which is the equivalent of driving almost 500,000kms in an average Australian car.

“These initial results are fantastic and prove our commitment to sustainability will benefit future generations,” he added.

The Library and Aquarena panels will save an estimated $70,000 per annum on the City’s energy bill and offset approximately 327 tonnes of CO2 per year.

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 and the Geraldton Multipurpose Centre.

Local contractor Behind the Meter Energy (BTM) installed both systems.

PICTURE CAPTION: Solar panels on the roof of the Geraldton Regional Library have been generating electricity since December 2019.

Solar panels on the roof of the Geraldton Regional Library have been generating electricity since December 2019.

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