Coun­cil set to go solo with green power plan

The Advertiser - - NEWS - KAYSEE MILLER

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.

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