Campaspe Shire Council has installed 368 new solar panels on the Echuca Regional Library and is inviting the community to celebrate the launch on Monday, 23 April.
Mayor, Cr Adrian Weston said the 100kW system will generate enough electricity for the library and when not in use, will offset the power of the Campaspe Shire main office, adjacent to it.
“The project is reducing electricity costs as well as a reducing council’s overall carbon footprint by cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions,” Cr Weston said.
The community is invited to see how this new technology works at a free community morning tea. On show will be two on-site screens displaying live information detailing power generation and usage, along with how it’s been performing.
“It’s important that we contribute to a clean and green future, but the financial benefits are also there with the project expected to pay for itself in just over four years,” Cr Weston said.
Following a competitive tender process, Cherry Solar Australia was selected, with local contractor, Solar On Electrical from Torrumbarry, engaged to install the system.
Council’s Green Team identified the library as a key site for its potential to generate enough electricity to power the library.
“We are confident that the solar panels will last a minimum of 25 years and have gone to great lengths to ensure they are protected from bird damage”.
As the part of the launch day, the WICKED program (Waste In Campaspe, Know, Educate Do) is working with local students to build solar lights to send to children, families and schools in remote areas of Papua New Guinea.
“The solar light project, sponsored through Earth Hour, teaches children meaningful lessons about energy poverty and renewable energy,” Cr Weston said.
The public launch will start at 11:30am at the entry to the Echuca Regional Library with morning tea provided.