Rous Water's chance to take the lead on solar power

DESPITE two failed motions to install solar at the Nightcap and Emigrant Creek water treatment plants, Rous Water councillor Duncan Dey won't give up.

He said using solar was a sensible solution, considering how much electricity Rous Water used each year.

At tomorrow's meeting, he will put forward a motion for the organisation to "actively seek external grants" to assist with solar installation.

Cr Dey also said if Rous Water did not receive a suitable grant by June 2016, it should consider allowing commercial operators to install solar systems on the treatment plants and then on-sell electricity to Rous.

Using a local distributor such as Northern Rivers Energy should also be considered, Cr Dey said.

"Pumping bulk water around the region uses huge amounts of electricity, but not as much as it does treating it within our WTPs," he said.

"It is time that Rous took the lead and demonstrated best practice by reducing its support for dirty electricity."

Cr Dey said the solar installations would pay for themselves in 21 years at the Nightcap facility, and in 24 years at Emigrant Creek.



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