Publi­cans ready to catch rays and put sav­ings into ho­tel im­prove­ments

The Queensland Times - - NEWS - MEG BOLTON

THE Belle­vue Ho­tel at Coominya is hop­ing to slash its power bills while help­ing the en­vi­ron­ment with the in­stal­la­tion of so­lar pan­els.

The re­new­able en­ergy fix has been in the works since Oc­to­ber last year, when the present own­ers bought the ho­tel.

Man­ager Skye Stoes­sel said elec­tric­ity bills would be dra­mat­i­cally re­duced dur­ing the sum­mer months.

“When it’s hot like it is, we can cut our bills down by a third,” Mrs Stoes­sel said.

“It’s a mas­sive sav­ing. When you look at the bills for a build­ing like this, you’re go­ing to save a lot of money.”

Mrs Stoes­sel said the own­ers wanted to find a way to beat the sig­nif­i­cant elec­tric­ity costs of run­ning the ho­tel.

“With the ris­ing cost in ener- gy, this place with the kitchen and the fridges, we can be pay­ing thou­sands a month for our power bill,” she said.

“But after three years the sys­tem would have paid for it­self.”

More than 65 pan­els cover a large por­tion of the roof on the his­toric pub. Linked to a 19.8kilo­watt sys­tem, the pan­els will help power the func­tional kitchen, air-con­di­tion­ing and the mul­ti­ple fridges at the es­tab­lish­ment.

While the dol­lar value of sav­ings could not yet be con­firmed, Mrs Stoes­sel said the re­turn on in­vest­ment would go to­wards im­prov­ing the ho­tel.

“With the sav­ings from the power bill we will def­i­nitely be putting it to­wards get­ting a few things fixed, re­stored and up­graded,” Mrs Stoes­sel said.

“It’s quite ex­cit­ing to see what we will save and what we can put that money to­wards in restor­ing the build­ing.

“This is the first step. We will see how this goes and look into more if it’s ef­fi­cient enough.”

The re­new­able en­ergy cru­sade is gain­ing mo­men­tum across Aus­tralia, with pres­sure groups like the Fair Dinkum Power move­ment push­ing for Aus­tralia to go “200 per cent” green.

They be­lieve Aus­tralia should be pow­ered only by re­new­able en­ergy and should also be ex­port­ing re­new­able re­sources to in­ter­na­tional mar­kets.

Photo: Meg Bolton

SUNNY FU­TURE: Belle­vue Ho­tel man­ager Skye Stoes­sel.

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