Hawkesbury City Solar Program
Hawkesbury City Council is embarking on a new solar initiative as part of its long term sustainability goals to reduce emissions and save energy.
The Hawkesbury Solar Program will extend Council’s existing solar energy infrastructure and include a new solar farm at the South Windsor Wastewater Treatment Facility, the Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Barry Calvert explained.
“Hawkesbury City Council is forging ahead with new solar installations to improve sustainability outcomes by reducing our carbon footprint and saving energy,” the Mayor said.
“Local councils have an increasing role in leading the way on climate change.
“Planning for a sustainable future is part of delivering on our Community Strategic Plan 2017-2036, which includes reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
“The Hawkesbury Solar Program will install 600kW in total solar power that will generate electricity for Council sites and provide cost savings for the community,” he said.
“The money saved through reduced energy usage will ultimately allow Council to invest this money in better infrastructure and services for the community.
“We already have Hawkesbury residents who are saving money by using solar power,” Councillor Calvert said.
“I encourage all of our community members to get on board with solar energy and make the most of the reduced energy costs to be had by installing solar panels.
“By using a combination of energy saving devices, reducing energy use and installing solar panels, we can all save money and create a more sustainable future.”
Thirteen sites have been chosen for the Hawkesbury Solar Project:
- Deerubbin Centre Precinct
- Hawkesbury Leisure & Learning Centre
- Hawkesbury Regional Museum
- Indoor Sports Stadium
- North Richmond Community Centre
- Oasis Fitness & Aquatic Centre
- Richmond Branch Library
- Wastewater Treatment Facility, South Windsor
- Wastewater Treatment Facility, McGraths Hill
- South Windsor Family Centre
- Wilberforce Depot
- Council Administration Precinct
- Hawkesbury City Waste Management Facility, South Windsor.
“Site selection is an important part of our solar program. We’ve strategically selected these sites based on energy use patterns that match sunlight hours and roof top availability so that these solar systems provide optimum power output for Council use whilst delivering the best energy cost savings,” the Mayor added.
Hawkesbury City Council has now called for tenders for the supply and installation of grid-connected solar power systems at all 13 sites by mid 2019, as well as maintenance of the systems for up to five years. The first systems for the Hawkesbury Solar Program are planned to be installed around December 2018.
Councillor Calvert is also the newly elected President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC).
“As a member of WSROC, Hawkesbury City Council is working closely with WSROC to ensure the solar project can be expanded to other neighbouring councils as part of the Western Sydney Light Years Ahead Program,” the Mayor said.
“Council’s Hawkesbury Solar Program is a continuation of the successful Light Years Ahead Program which was implemented in 2014-2016.”
Light Years Ahead is an energy efficiency and renewable initiative coordinated through WSROC which includes LED lighting, solar installations, building upgrades and advocacy initiatives to achieve better energy outcomes for Western Sydney councils and their communities. For more information visit www.lightyearsahead.com.au
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