Council building powered by the sun

A solar panel system has been installed on the roof of Ku-ring-gai Council’s administration building on Bridge St Pymble, as part of a plan to improve energy efficiency at council-owned sites.
Mayor Ian Cross said the 108 panels will produce around 25,000 kilowatts of renewable energy per year – the equivalent of taking more than six cars off the road.
“The project will also save Council around $5000 each year in electricity costs,” he said.
“Renewable energy is the way of the future and I’m pleased that Council is investing in this technology, which helps the environment and saves money.
Solar panels have also been installed on the roof of the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden’s education centre and Roseville Chase Oval.
The Bridge St site will become the administration centre for the council’s new works depot.
Last year, Ku-ring-gai approved a $1 million energy efficiency initiative with the aim of cutting its own greenhouse emissions by 20 per cent over the next 10 years.
“Projects under the initiative include solar hot water systems, photovoltaic panels, motion sensors and push button timers for lights, ceramic paint insulation for roofs and walls and appliance upgrades,” Cr Cross said.
“New energy efficient LED lights have also been installed at council chambers.”

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