3,500 rooftop solar panels installed on 28 Council owned buildings

The water treatment plant at Mardi will soon be powered by solar energy

Central Coast Council is to save about $220,000 each year on energy costs following the installation of 1.2MW of solar power on Council buildings.

Council is in the process of installing 3,500 rooftop solar panels on 28 Council owned buildings, including depots at Long Jetty and Charmhaven, Mardi water treatment plant and the Wyong administration centre.

Works are due for completion by the end of 2020.

This project will see energy consumption reduced by about 1.4GWh annually and reduce Council’s carbon footprint by 1,100 tonnes of CO2-e per annum.

This is equivalent to the electricity used by 230 local homes.

Mayor, Lisa Matthews, said this project delivered both environmental and financial benefits.

“It is rewarding to see a project underway which not only reduces Council expenses but also incorporates renewable energy for the conservation, protection and remediation of our environment,” Mayor Matthew said.

This project has been co-funded with money collected at Woy Woy Tip under the repealed federal government carbon tax which was applied to gate fees from 2012 to 2014.

Source:
Media release, Jul 7
Central Coast Council

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