Council set to go solo with green power plan
SALISBURY Council is to look at using renewable energy to power all its buildings.
It comes as the council is set to install its 50th sporting club with a solar system.
The program is expected to save the clubs about $400,000 collectively each year.
Para Hills Bowling Club was one of the first sporting grounds to have solar panels fitted in 2015.
Club president Daryl Bonney, pictured, said the 50-panel system had cut the club’s power bills by 10 per cent – a figure he hoped would rise since faulty panels were replaced in October.
“Power is obviously one of the main costs so even a small adjustment in that is making a really big difference,” Mr Bonney said.
“It helps to reduce overheads which reduces our necessity to increase fees for our members and makes it more of a viable environment to increase membership, which we have been able to do in the last three years.”
Salisbury Mayor Gillian Aldridge said contributing to a sustainable environment was one of the council’s key objectives.
“This initiative has reduced the environmental footprint of council-owned buildings and it is helping to deliver savings for our clubs” Ms Aldridge said.