OPENING: Clarence Mayor Ritchie Williamson and Phil Wilson.
OPENING: Clarence Mayor Ritchie Williamson and Phil Wilson.

Council powers up with savings

CONVERTING the roofs of the South Grafton Lifestyle Centre and the Maclean Administration Centre into grid-connected power generation systems is another major step towards sustainability for the Clarence Valley.

The recently completed five-kilowatt systems consisting of 30 photovoltaic solar panels will generate around $5000 worth of electricity per year and reduce Clarence Valley Council’s greenhouse gas emissions by nine tonnes.

“Our move towards harvesting solar energy is supported by Clarence Valley Council’s Draft Climate Change Policy and furthers our goal of a sustainable Clarence Valley,” Clarence Valley Mayor Richie Williamson said.

“In 2009 council installed a similar system on the roof of the Grafton Waste Transfer Station,” he said.

In addition to the cost-savings, council hopes to raise awareness of the importance of not only reducing energy consumption, but in sourcing renewable energy options, particularly solar energy.

Clarence Valley Council encourages householders and small businesses to take advantage of the State Government’s Solar Bonus Scheme.



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