Moss­man Gorge goes green with so­lar power

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE Moss­man Gorge Cen­tre will soon lighten its en­vi­ron­men­tal load with a new 100 kilo­watt roof-mounted so­lar power sys­tem.

The 350 re­cently in­stalled so­lar pan­els will off­set 40 per cent of the cen­tre’s en­ergy de­mand.

“The sys­tem is part of a long-term strat­egy in re­duc­ing our eco foot­print in this en­vi­ron­men­tally sen­si­tive area,” Moss­man Gorge Cen­tre gen­eral man­ager Ben Pratt said.

“Given our cen­tre op­er­ates dur­ing day­light hours it just made sense to opt for a so­lu­tion that ben­e­fits off our spec­tac­u­lar weather and sun­shine here.”

The roof-mounted so­lar pan­els won’t be hid­den from sight. Mr Pratt said that the cen­tre would be in­tro­duc­ing an in­ter­ac­tive dis­play show­cas­ing the im­pact the so­lar in­stal­la­tion was hav­ing on the cen­tre’s en­ergy con­sump­tion with drone footage taken of the in­stal­la­tion.

Mr Pratt said the so­lar pan­els added to the cen­tre’s ex­ist­ing rain­wa­ter re­ten­tion in­fra­struc­ture, low-emis­sion bus fleet and in­ter­nal re­cy­cling sys­tem. “(Th­ese pro­grams) show our com­mit­ment at the cen­tre to sus­tain­abil­ity and pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment for many years to come,” he said.

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