Friday, July 19, 2024

Switch to solar makes reel difference at anglers club


St George and Sutherland Shire Anglers Club is now 100% solar powered, marking a significant milestone in Sutherland Shire Council’s transition to renewable energy.

The club is one of several local properties managed by the Council and the first to switch to 100% renewable energy with its new on-site, off-grid solar power system.

The conversion to solar power follows extensive work undertaken by Council to determine the best way to ensure ongoing power supply to the popular fishing facility in a manner that would also deliver a more sustainable future for the club and community, said Sutherland Shire Mayor, Carmelo Pesce, who recently visited the club to inspect the completed works.

She said Council was committed to ensuring all its operations are carbon neutral by 2030.

“While the conversion of St George and Sutherland Shire Anglers Club to off-grid solar-power is just a drop in the ocean in terms of the overall energy usage across all Council facilities, this is bound to have a ripple effect as more and more of our facilities gradually make the switch,” Mayor Pesce said.

“Not only does this off-grid solar solution ensure a reliable and sustainable power source for the anglers club, but it also reduces Council’s overall carbon footprint and serves as a model for future sustainable developments across the Sutherland Shire.”

With the installation of 22 rooftop solar panels and battery back-up system at the clubhouse, the new system will also deliver an expected $2,000 in annual energy bills.

St George and Sutherland Shire Anglers Club President, Simon Gosby said he was ecstatic that through the considerable energy savings generated each year the club would now have more funds at their disposal to cater to the needs of local members.

“We’re a low-cost club that relies on fund raising and volunteer work to help maintain the club. We’re beyond pleased with the result of going solar powered,” he said.

“The Club no longer receives electricity bills and the money saved can go back into the club, directly benefiting members.

“The Anglers Club is a social place for members and is well-used by the community, with close to 200 members. We provide a range of activities including fishing days for kids and retirees, many of whom come from neighbouring Anglicare Aged Care.

“Our members have already commented on the improved outdoor lighting, not to mention the feedback we have received from our neighbours, with less impact to surrounding homes.”

The conversion of the clubhouse to 100% on-site renewable energy follows other initiatives undertaken by Council as it works towards the goal of carbon neutral operations, including recycled road construction projects undertaken at Engadine and Bundeena, trial of electric waste vehicles and the adoption of electric vehicles within Council’s vehicle fleet.

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