City of Vincent goes solar on its biggest buildings

Published: Thursday, 11 April 2019 at 2:46:52 PM

The City of Vincent is going solar to become more sustainable and to reduce the City’s energy costs over the lifetime of a significant panel installation over four large buildings. 

The first solar photovoltaic (PV) panels will be installed on 9 April at the City of Vincent Library and Local History Centre. Panels will then be installed on the Operations Depot, the Administration & Civic Centre and Beatty Park Leisure Centre over the next 4 months.

“This is a significant step forward for Vincent into solar renewable energy. Once we considered the environmental benefit and the medium term cost savings, it stacked up as an excellent investment for our future.  We will be using more clean energy and the panels will pay for themselves within four years. After that point, we’ll see significant savings in power costs,” said Mayor Emma Cole. 

The initial outlay to cover four of our largest buildings with solar panels is $321,000, to be paid back in reduced power bills within four years. In the first year, the City should see a saving of $90,000 in energy costs and these savings are expected to increase as the cost of power goes up. Emissions will be reduced by the equivalent of 286 tonnes of CO2 per annum.

The City offers subsidies for residents to convert to solar through the Switch Your Thinking program. There is also information on how to go solar if your property is a rental, a business or a strata.

“About 10.5 per cent of Vincent households currently have solar panels but I would love to see this increase.  I hope that the City of Vincent’s investment in solar will inspire residents and local businesses to join us and I’d encourage our residents to contact us to find out about subsidies on offer.”

Perth based firm DNX Energy will be installing a total of 258 kW of solar panels on the Administration & Civic Centre 100kW, Beatty Park Leisure Centre 78.6kW, the Library & Local History Centre 40kW and the Operations Depot 40kW.

 

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