Powering ahead on solar system installations

Powering ahead on solar system installations

Solar systems on Council properties are saving electricity costs and helping reduce carbon emissions.

Five new Council sites have been identified as suitable for the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in 2019/20.

The new systems will save Council an estimated $55,200 in annual electricity costs and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 350 tonnes a year as the City of Logan continues its commitment to a sustainable and cleaner environment.

The sites to get solar PV systems under 2019/20 Budget funding are:

  • Logan West Community Centre
  • Mt Warren Sports Centre
  • Logan North Aquatic Centre
  • Logan West Library
  • Marsden Library

The new installations continue Council’s commitment to embrace solar energy under the Carbon Reduction Strategy and Action Plan launched in January 2018.

The Plan underlines Council’s priorities for an innovative, carbon neutral and green city.

There are already 29 solar PV systems on Council buildings including Council’s Marsden Depot, Logan Metro Sports & Events Centre and Beenleigh Library which were allocated systems under 2018/19 Budget funding.

Large solar systems have been installed at the Browns Plains Recycling Centre (30 kW) and the Animal Management Centre at Slacks Creek (30 kW) while Council’s largest system is at the Round Mountain Reservoir (87 kW).

The cost of the five systems is $408,000 with Council saving up to $186,000 through the provision of the Federal Government’s Small Scale Technology Certificates to installers.

The life span of the panels is 25 years with the cost of the new systems expected to be recouped within eight years.

The City of Logan, which on average enjoys 300 days of sunshine annually, has embraced solar energy.

Over the past decade, 38,000 individual solar PV systems have been installed across the city, representing 157 megawatts of capacity.

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