Monday, April 22, 2024

Moss Vale civic centre goes solar

A new solar photovoltaic system installed atop Wingecarribee Shire Council’s Moss Vale Civic Centre is now operational.

The 100-kilowatt system is expected to generate 142-megawatt hours of clean, renewable electricity per year.

Council’s Director Communities and Place, Geoff King said the installation had both environmental and financial benefits.

“The electricity generated will be used to power roughly 44 per cent of the total electricity needs of the Civic Centre,” he said.

“Any surplus electricity will be exported to the power grid when the facility is closed.”

Mr King said solar photovoltaic systems had also been added to Bowral Library, the Mittagong Rural Fire Service Building, Moss Vale Depot, Moss Vale War Memorial Aquatic Centre, the Resource Recovery Centre, Robertson Sewage Treatment Plant, the Southern Regional Livestock Exchange and the Southern Highlands Welcome Centre in recent years.

“In total we now have approximately 377 kilowatts in renewable energy installed on Council facilities,” he said

Funded by the Revolving Energy Fund (REFund), the latest system is anticipated to achieve full payback within three years based on previous electricity use.

“Together with our Highlands community we’re seeing our Shire make great progress on renewable energy,” said Mr King.

“Twenty-five per cent of residential households now have solar power installed on their homes,” he said.

To learn more about Council’s Sustainability Services, visit wsc.nsw.gov.au/Environment/Sustainable-Wingecarribee or call 4868 0888.

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