Thursday, May 30, 2024

Council serves up energy savings for tennis club

Mildura Rural City Council is helping a local tennis club to slash its energy bills, thanks to a partnership with the Victorian Government.

The Council says Sacred Heart and St Andrews Tennis Club could cut more than $1,300 from its energy bills and 13 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year under the new deal.

With Council’s support, the club successfully applied for funding through Sustainability Victoria’s Community Climate Change and Energy Action Program to install a 7.47kW solar PV system on its clubrooms.

Treasurer, Robyn Herberte said the club expected to pay off its share of the solar PV system in less than four years due to the resulting electricity cost savings, which she said would relieve a significant burden from club volunteers.

“We are a totally volunteer-run club and by reducing our energy costs it will save hundreds of hours of volunteer time fundraising each year,” Ms Herberte said.

“This in turn will free up our volunteers to focus on other areas, such as the maintenance and upkeep of our courts and facilities, so this will have other flow-on benefits.

“Plus, we’re also reducing our impact on the environment by cutting our greenhouse gas emissions, which is another important benefit.”

Mayor, Liam Wood said the club was the latest in a string of local organisations to benefit from Sustainability Victoria’s Community Climate Change and Energy Action Program.

“Last year alone we partnered with two local clubs to slash more than $22,000 from their energy bills and almost 100 tonnes in greenhouse gas emissions through this same program, which is a positive result,” Mayor Wood said.

“It’s great to see this program continuing to deliver results for both our community and the environment.”

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