Solar energy system to be installed at Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre

MANDURAH Aquatic and Recreation Centre will be the next City of Mandurah building to benefit from the installation of a solar energy system.

The installation, the largest undertaken by the City, is the next phase of the City’s solar plan roll out.

The council agreed to increase the size from a 100 kW photovoltaic (PV) system to a 200 kW (PV) system.

The installation will cost up to $375,000.

Chief executive Mark Newman said the community had said environment was a top priority and the council was committed to decreasing impact on the environment.

“The City has prioritised the investment into solar energy and this, combined with other improvements to City buildings over recent years, is significantly contributing to meet the City’s 2020 carbon neutral targets,’’ he said.

The solar plan has reduced the City’s greenhouse gas emissions by just under 10 per cent.

Mr Newman said the City’s overall solar energy system was reaching a total of 373 kW capacity, cutting annual operating costs by $183,790, electricity consumption by more than 500,000 kWh and saving more than 540 tonnes of CO2-e from being released into the atmosphere.

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