The City of Tea Tree Gully has started shifting its operations to solar, in a bid to cut its electricity costs and reduce its carbon footprint.
Council recently installed a 100kW solar photovaltaic (PV) system at the Service Centre (Golden Grove) and a 30kW solar system at Turramurra Recreation Centre (Highbury) at a cost of $158,000.
Photovoltaic solar systems are a critical part of any renewable energy future, a total of 395 state-of-the-art solar panels are being installed to capture the energy from the sun and create an alternate source of sustainable electricity.
Using solar harvesting technology to reduce our demand on the electricity grid will have an immediate impact on our electricity bills and Council is set to save around $50,000 annually through this initiative. Meaning the systems will pay for themselves within about four years.
Council, like households, has been hard hit by rising electricity prices, and this fairly modest initial outlay is an investment in the future which will provide ongoing cost savings.
By switching to clean, renewable energy Council will also reduce its annual CO2 emissions by 141 tonnes. Unlike conventional power, solar produces no harmful emissions.
This is a major step in our plan towards a cleaner, greener future for the City of Tea Tree Gully and the benefits to the environment and the community are considerable.