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Council set to seek Expressions of Interest for Solar Projects

2 September 2016

11 Council Facilities are set to go green with Council set to call for Expressions of Interest from prospective tenderers.

11 Council facilities are set to go green with Council set to call for Expressions of Interest from prospective tenderers.

At its recent Ordinary Meeting, Western Downs Regional Council further solidified its commitment to investing in the latest cutting edge solar technology announcing it will call for Expressions of Interest from prospective tenderers for the design and installation of solar panels on 11 Council facilities across the region.

  • The commitment to invest in efficient solar energy was handed down in Council’s 2016/17 Budget with the facilities set to go green highlighted in our Capital Works Program;
  • Council will invest $810,000 to install 11 photovoltaic solar panels on a number of our regions swimming pools, nursing homes, Customer Service Centres and galleries, plus an additional $300,000 towards solar technology at the new Chinchilla Wastewater Treatment Plant;
  • It’s estimated that the investment in solar energy systems for our facilities will slash Council’s electricity costs by $175,000 per year;
  • Keep an eye on Council’s website, Tenders.Net and your local newspapers for the call for Expressions of Interest.

Council Spokesperson for Council Facilities Councillor Ray Brown said the call for Expressions of Interest will give solar energy providers an opportunity to put forward innovative, practical and cost effective solar solutions.

“By investing in solar technology to help operate our facilities, we’ve taken a forward thinking approach that will improve our energy efficiency, slash operational costs, and create many long-term benefits for our communities and ratepayers,” he said.

“Not only will going solar help us reduce our electricity costs, but they offer a great return on investment paying for themselves in less than five years.

“Our commitment to creating clean, healthy communities through a strategic investment in solar technology now means we can continue to reap the benefits well into the future.”

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

  • Customer Services Centres in Dalby, Chinchilla, Tara and Miles
  • Chinchilla Cultural Centre; Dogwood Crossing, Miles; MyALL 107, Dalby; Tara Memorial Hall and Miles Leichardt Centre
  • Chinchilla and Dalby Aquatic Centres
  • Carinya and Tarcoola Aged Care Centres in Miles and Tara

“We want to achieve the best outcome for our communities, calling for Expressions of Interest on these projects will ensure we make an informed decision that delivers the best value for money solution to reduce our electricity costs.”

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Media Contact:
Cr Ray Brown | Spokesperson for Council Facilities | 0407 650 216