Gosford City Council expects to save more than $80,000 a year in electricity costs through the installation of solar power on seven of its facilities. Solgen Energy has been contracted the design, commissioning and installation of all seven sites.
Gosford Local Government City Area (LGA) comprises of 1,029km of idyllic State Forests, National Parks, nature reserves, beaches and waterways. In order to preserve theses environments and promote sustainability, the Council has implemented numerous Environmental Programs.
In line with this bid to become more environmentally friendly, Gosford City Council sought to install solar power systems across numerous sites to offset their energy consumption and become less reliant on fossil fuelled power.
The $900,000 solar power project, of which a large portion of the costs was offset with the sale of renewable energy certificates, will see an impressive 1600 solar panels installed, resulting in a reduction of electricity usage costs by an expected 10 percent across each site.
The project is also anticipated to save more than 600 tonnes of carbon emissions per annum, the equivalent emissions produced by 100 households.
The Peninsula Leisure Centre is the project’s first facility to make the transition to solar power.
Council‘s Chief Executive Officer Paul Anderson said the switch to solar at these facilities is on track to be completed by March 2016.
“This project is another example of the Council’s focus on delivering environmental excellence, innovation and long term sustainability for the region,” Mr Anderson said.
“Our investigations showed that it was cheaper to install and operate a solar power system than to purchase electricity from the grid and that the switch to solar would prove to be a much more cost effective option for the Council. We hope our actions will also encourage local businesses to follow in our footsteps.”
The panels will be installed at the Erina Depot, Peninsula Leisure Centre, Central Coast Stadium, Niagara Park Sports Stadium, Gosford Regional Art Gallery, Laycock Street Community Theatre and Council Administration Building in Gosford.
Solgen Energy Director David Naismith said, “Deploying solar power generation throughout the community allows Councils to directly pass environmental and ultimately financial benefits onto all of their ratepayers. We are delighted to be partnering with Gosford City Council in leading the way within their community with environmentally sustainable initiatives that make financial sense.”
The sites are due to be completed early next year.
For further information on Solgen Energy or to request an obligation free proposal, please visit www.solgen.com.au.
About Solgen Energy
Solgen Energy the flagship business behind the Solgen Group is a leading commercial solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) group. With unrivalled experience in the design and construction of commercial-scale solar electric systems for government and businesses across Australia, Solgen Energy has completed many of Australia’s most iconic solar projects. Further information can be found at: www.solgen.com.au.
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