So­lar pan­els a ray of sun­shine

Kwinana Courier - - Opinion -

CITY of Kwinana has ex­panded its clean en­ergy ef­forts with the re­cent in­stal­la­tion of 384 so­lar pan­els on the Dar­ius Wells Li­brary and Re­source Cen­tre.

Mayor Carol Adams said the 100-kilo­watt so­lar power sys­tem would save the city over $40,000 and 134,600kg of car­bon diox­ide.

“In the first year th­ese so­lar pan­els will pro­duce ap­prox­i­mately the same amount of en­ergy as 30 av­er­age Aus­tralian homes would con­sume,” Cr Adams said.

She said it was an im­por­tant part of the City’s cli­mate change mit­i­ga­tion and adap­ta­tion plan.

“We fully en­dorse the use of so­lar en­ergy in both com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial ap­pli­ca­tions and are proud to an­nounce the suc­cess­ful in­stal­la­tion of so­lar tech­nol­ogy for the Dar­ius Wells Li­brary and Re­source Cen­tre.

“The City is re­duc­ing its im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment while de­liv­er­ing sav­ings to our com­mu­nity.”

She said en­ergy gen­er­a­tion us­ing so­lar tech­nol­ogy was the way of the fu­ture.

“The City is join­ing a grow­ing list of busi­nesses and coun­cils who are in­stalling large scale pho­to­voltaic so­lar sys­tems to re­duce op­er­at­ing costs,” she said.

“In­creas­ing power prices and fall­ing so­lar panel prices cou­pled with the fact many coun­cil fa­cil­i­ties are used dur­ing the day make so­lar en­ergy an at­trac­tive in­vest­ment.”

So­lar pan­els are in­stalled at Dar­ius Wells Li­brary and Re­source Cen­tre.

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