So­lar pan­els could be added to cen­tre

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A plan to add fea­tures to the Mata­mata-Pi­ako Civic and Me­mo­rial Cen­tre will meet sus­tain­abil­ity goals but also put $120,000 onto the project’s price tag.

Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil meets this week to con­sider ap­prov­ing costs for dou­ble glaz­ing for the Tainui St cen­tre’s win­dows and a re-de­sign to in­clude so­lar pan­els.

A re­port to the coun­cil by Kaimai Con­sul­tants man­ager Roger Lam­berth said the cost of dou­ble glaz­ing was about $58,763 while the re-de­sign for so­lar pan­els was about $8000.

The cost to in­stall the so­lar pan­els was an­other $60,000, but the coun­cil would only con­sider whether to ap­prove the re-de­sign costs at this week’s meet­ing.

The op­tions were dis­cussed by the coun­cil on June 1 when it de­cided it would like to add dou­ble glaz­ing and so­lar pan­els.

The ad­di­tions would help re­duce the build­ing’s en­ergy use over time and meet the coun­cil’s en­ergy pol­icy, which en­cour­ages it to think about ways to im­prove en­ergy ef­fi­ciency in its pub­lic build­ings.

The coun­cil met with Tran­si­tion Mata­mata and Power Solutions to talk about the ad­di­tions.

Tran­si­tion Mata­mata was a non-profit com­mu­nity group pro­mot­ing en­ergy con­ser­va­tion and sus­tain­able liv­ing. It had sub­mit­ted on the sus­tain­abil­ity fea­tures and de­sign of the cen­tre, and a fur­ther ap­praisal was made on dou­ble glaz­ing and so­lar pan­els.

Power Solutions, the coun­cil’s en­ergy man­age­ment con­sul­tants, was asked to re­port on the en­ergy sav­ings ini­tia­tives around the build­ing’s man­age­ment sys­tem, light­ing and light­ing con­trol sys­tem and so­lar pan­els.

It sup­ported in­stalling so­lar pan­els and said a new build was the ‘‘op­por­tune time’’.

‘‘The ini­tial es­ti­mate re­turn on in­vest­ment in 10 years and the life of the [so­lar] pan­els will be 25 years,’’ Power Solutions said in its re­port to the coun­cil.

The coun­cil con­sid­ered re­ports from Power Solutions and Tran­si­tion Mata­mata and be­lieved dou­ble glaz­ing and so­lar pan­els would have long term ben­e­fits, en­vi­ron­men­tally and fi­nan­cially.

The to­tal project bud­get for the new cen­tre was $6,923,787, in­clud­ing con­tin­gen­cies.

Lam­berth’s re­port said the costs for the new fea­tures could come out of the project con­tin­gency fund, but it would be up to coun­cil to de­ter­mine how to fund the ex­tras.

The project made head­lines for other rea­sons ear­lier this year. Out­side the build­ing is the Petersen wa­ter foun­tain and its fate was still un­known.

Mata­mata-Pi­ako mayor Jan Barnes said coun­cil staff had asked the fam­ily sev­eral ques­tions about the foun­tain. Barnes un­der­stood the Petersen fam­ily had planned to make a sub­mis­sion to the coun­cil but she had not been ad­vised of a date.

The foun­tain re­mains fenced off while work on the new cen­tre con­tin­ues.

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