Sustainability Officer, Sandi Middleton at the Brunswick Valley Community Centre, where the solar panels can be seen. Photo Contributed
Sustainability Officer, Sandi Middleton at the Brunswick Valley Community Centre, where the solar panels can be seen. Photo Contributed Contributed

Council’s Brunswick solar system paid off, starts earning

THIS year marks the completion of payback for Byron Shire Council's solar system at Brunswick Heads.

In 2010, Byron Shire Council installed a 5kW solar PV system at the Brunswick Valley Community Centre located on South Beach Road, Brunswick Heads.

Seed funding of $23,000 for the system was provided via Council's Revolving Energy Fund.

Being the first Council building to get solar, 2015 marks the completion of payback for the initial capital for the system with part of the energy savings now returning to the Fund to help it grow and enable other community and Council projects to be implemented.

Byron Shire Council's sustainability Officer, Sandi Middleton said the Revolving Energy Fund model allows the savings generated by energy-reducing technologies such as solar power, solar hot water systems, insulation and efficient lighting to be re-invested in other energy-saving projects around the Shire.

"Over at the Brunswick Valley Community Centre the 5kW solar system continues to provide up to 25 percent of the centre's current energy use, saving the Centre approximately $4,800 a year," Ms Middleton said.

"Plus it eliminates 7.25 tonnes of greenhouse gas annually. This equates to removing 10 cars from the road permanently or planting 430 trees every year.

"The aim of the revolving energy fund is for the accumulative effect of the energy savings to fund numerous projects throughout the Shire.

"What we save in one project will be used to fund the next energy saving project."

Ms Middleton also congratulated the Brunswick Valley Community Centre Section 355 Committee working with Council for this great result.



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