Vincent: City goes solar with first panels installed

Vincent Mayor Emme Cole, deputy mayor Susan Gontaszewski, Georg Dreher (director DNX Energy) and Kieran Peters (electrical engineer-DNX Energy). Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au   d492328
Vincent Mayor Emme Cole, deputy mayor Susan Gontaszewski, Georg Dreher (director DNX Energy) and Kieran Peters (electrical engineer-DNX Energy). Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d492328

THE City of Vincent is going solar.

Their first photovoltaic panels have been installed at the library, with more panels to be put in place on the operations depot, administration and civic centre and Beatty Park Leisure Centre over the next four months.

Mayor Emma Cole said the move was a significant step for the City into renewable energy.

“Once we considered the environmental benefit and the medium term cost savings, it stacked up as an excellent investment for our future,” she said.

“We will be using more clean energy and the panels will pay for themselves within four years – after that point, we’ll see significant savings in power costs.”

It is costing the City $321,000 to cover four of their largest buildings with solar panels, with emissions to be reduced by around 286 tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum.

Ms Cole said around 10.5 per cent of local households in Vincent currently had solar panels, but she would love to see an increase.

She encouraged residents to contact the City to find out about subsidies on offer through the Switch Your Thinking program.

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