Council embraces solar technology
Council has adopted a proactive approach to improve energy efficiency and reduce costs by investing in solar technology.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said embracing solar options would allow Council to cut operational costs and reinvest funds into other projects for our community and ratepayers.
“Within Council’s 2016/17 Budget a pilot program was funded to install solar panels on our facilities to reduce energy costs,” he said.
“The additional $960,000 in funding from the Queensland Government’s Work for Queensland (W4Q) program will enable Council to bring forward the installation of solar power systems on a range of buildings and facilties across the region,” he said.
“Included in the scope for the installation of solar panels are Council’s administration buildings, depots, libraries, airport and treatment plants,”
“Installing solar panels in facilities such as the airport was expected to have a payback period of three years,”
“The W4Q program will enable Council to immediately achieve the full cost savings from the installation on panels rather than wait the three years.”
Council has released a tender for a panel of prequalified suppliers to assist in delivering the solar panel program. It is intended the panel will consist of suitably qualified suppliers from each township to deliver the projects funded under the W4Q, as well as continued investment by Council for future projects.
Pictured right: Council has allocated $3.5 million from the W4Q funding towards new playground facilities such as play equipment and softfalls, new and upgraded BBQ facilities, and new and upgraded shade structures (a mix of sails and fixed shade structures) across the whole Whitsunday Region. Council will engage as many local contractors and builders as possible across the region.