Council shows ongoing commitment to sustainability

SOLAR panels have been installed at the Alpine Shire Council offices in Bright as part of Council’s ongoing commitment to sustainability.

The 10kW system will save around $3000 annually in electricity costs, equating to around $75,000 - $105,000 of savings over the life of the panels (25 - 35 years), with roughly a 10 - 11 year payback period.

Council recently awarded the tender for the design, supply and installation of the Solar Photovoltaic System to Myrtleford supplier Adam Cartwright Electrical.

Alpine Shire Councillor Daryl Pearce said Council was committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and cutting electricity costs.

“Council is continuing to lower its operational costs through the installation of renewable energy,” he said.

“We aim to lead by example and show the community how they can reduce their own household costs.

“The installation is also part of Council’s commitment to the Solar North East project, which operates across the municipalities of Alpine, Benalla, Indigo, Mansfield, Towong, Wangaratta and Wodonga.

“The program provides residents and businesses with support to reduce their energy consumption and determine the most suitable solar system for their needs.”

Cr Pearce applauded members of the community who had already taken the opportunity to switch to solar power.

“We’ve had a great response so far, and now is a great time for people who haven’t already made the move to consider doing so,” he said.

Council’s Solar Ambassador Claire Stock is available on 5755 0555 for anyone wishing to find more information on how switching to a solar energy system can save them money and help benefit the environment.

An information session will be held at the Alpine Information Centre, Bright, from 3pm – 7pm on Tuesday, 7 August.

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