Monday, June 17, 2024

Cricket stars hit solar for six

Two solar power systems with batteries have now been installed at Drummoyne Oval through the Cricket for Climate initiative.

In a movement spearheaded by Australia’s Test cricket captain Pat Cummins, Cricket for Climate has co-funded the installation of 40kW of solar and two 13.5kW batteries valued at a total of $75,000 at City of Canada Bay’s historic Drummoyne Oval.

“This is a landmark investment into one of Sydney’s great sporting facilities thanks to the advocacy of leading Australian athletes,” said City of Canada Bay General Manger, John Clark.

“Drummoyne Oval is a much-loved community sportsfield and we are proud to be collaborating with some of our country’s best athletes and the community to make it a more environmentally friendly facility,” he said.

Cricket for Climate aims to make cricket in Australia carbon neutral by 2030 and inspire people to commit to caring for our environment.

Australian cricketers Rachael Haynes and Alyssa Healy nominated Drummoyne Oval, home ground of Sydney Cricket Club, to receive support to fund the installation of solar and contributed their own funds to the project.

“Sport is such an important part of Australian culture, it makes sense to ensure our sports facilities are sustainable and it’s great to see professional athletes concerned about reducing the carbon footprint of their sport,” said Mr Clark.

“At the City of Canada Bay, we are pleased to be able to help raise awareness of the benefits of solar power in collaboration with Cricket for Climate.”

He said installing solar at Drummoyne Oval would help Council to achieve its net zero emissions target by 2030.

Drummoyne Oval solar panels on roof

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