2017 Media Releases

Solar power helps reduce community centre power bills and greenhouse emissions

26 May 2017

Willoughby Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney and Mr Trent Zimmerman MP Member for North Sydney with children from Willoughby Community Preschool_lowWilloughby Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney and Mr Trent Zimmerman MP, Member for North Sydney 

Willoughby Council has installed three new photo-voltaic (PV) rooftop systems at the Naremburn Community Centre and Castlecrag Community Centre, with the assistance of Federal Government Solar Communities Program grants from the Department of the Environment.

The installations will help local community organisations save on their electricity bills, and approximately 28 tonnes of greenhouse gases each year. They will also help Council achieve its target of 20 per cent renewable energy by 2020 for Council operations.   

Two 5.2kW systems have been installed at the Naremburn Community Centre, one on the roof above Willoughby Community Preschool and the other above the Naremburn Library.

The system above the Preschool will, over a year, produce an average of 1040kWh – around half of the Preschool’s power requirements. The system will help save approximately $1300 off the Centre’s power bills annually, and around seven tonnes of greenhouse gases each year. The Department of the Environment grant funded $5,445 of the $7,000 project.

The system above the Library will also assist in reducing the bills for that side of the building, and represents a reduction of around seven tonnes of greenhouse gases annually.

A large 10kW PV system is currently being finalised at Castlecrag Community Centre, for use by the KU Castlecrag Preschool. This size system will halve the preschool’s electricity use and save around $2,700 in electricity bills and around 14 tonnes of greenhouse gases each year. The Department of the Environment grant funded $12,718 of the $15,000 project.

Mr Trent Zimmerman MP, Member for North Sydney and Willoughby Mayor, Gail Giles-Gidney inspected the new systems at Naremburn Community Centre today.

“I am really pleased we have been able to secure federal funding for these projects which will not only help the centres with the cost of their power bills but provides a wonderful demonstration of what can be done with renewable energy,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“This brings Council’s PV installation count to 12 across the Willoughby area - contributing four per cent of Councils total energy demands. Thank you to the Department of Environment for helping us increase our efforts towards a more sustainable Willoughby,” said Willoughby Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney.  

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