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Western Downs embraces bright solar future

15 June 2016

Mayor Paul McVeigh, Spokesperson for Council Facilities Councillor Ray Brown and Leasee of Swimwise Michael Wise, inspecting the Dalby Aquatic Centre, just one of the many Council facilities set to go green.

Mayor Paul McVeigh, Spokesperson for Council Facilities Councillor Ray Brown and Leasee of Swimwise Michael Wise, inspecting the Dalby Aquatic Centre, just one of the many Council facilities set to go green.

Western Downs Regional Council is set to invest $810,000 in the latest cutting edge solar technology to power some of its high energy facilities across the region.

  • Council’s commitment to invest in solar technology will deliver tangible benefits to the Western Downs region and bring a positive economic boost;
  • The commitment to invest in efficient solar energy was handed down in Council’s 2016/17 Budget;
  • The investment will slash Council’s electricity costs for facilities including swimming pools, nursing homes, buildings, galleries and libraries.

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh said investing in solar energy makes a lot of sense for our operations and will assist us to reduce our operational costs over the medium term.

“As we can see solar technology is moving ahead at a cracking pace, which is evident from the number of large-scale renewable energy projects being proposed across the region at the moment,” he said.

“The third wave of energy development is here with renewable energy following in the footsteps of coal and coal seam gas.”

Spokesperson for Council Facilities Councillor Ray Brown said it was a logical step for Council to take advantage of the new technology to reduce its long-term energy costs.

“It’s a simple decision for us. The Western Downs region has enormous solar potential and Council is well placed to make a strategic investment now in order to reap the long-term benefits that switching to solar delivers,” he said.

“The age of solar has arrived – it’s our time to improve energy resilience and create clean, healthy communities.”

The Council facilities highlighted in the 2016/17 Capital Program to go green include:

  • Customer Contact Centres in Dalby, Chinchilla, Tara and Miles
  • Tara Memorial Hall and Miles Leichardt Centre
  • Dalby and Chinchilla Aquatic Centres
  • Miles and Tara Aged Care Centres

Managing Director of Condamine Electric Company, Gavin Walton has put his support behind Council’s decision to move to a brighter, more energy efficient future.

“Commercial and industrial electricity prices continue to rise, whereas the electricity price for solar continues to fall. It also reduces carbon emissions and drives greener electricity consumption which is more financially compelling for businesses,” he said.

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