City of Subiaco will spend $240,000 on solar panels at Lords, Subi library, Rosalie centre


Solar panels are expected to save the City of Subiaco $46,000 a year in energy costs.
Solar panels are expected to save the City of Subiaco $46,000 a year in energy costs.

THE City of Subiaco is hoping to become a leader in the field of sustainability in WA after it approved the installation of four solar panels at Tuesday night’s ordinary council meeting.

The solar panels will cost $240,000 and will be installed at Lords Gym, the Subiaco library and Rosalie sports centre.

The 13 councillors were unanimous in their approval for the item, which is expected to save up to $46,000 a year in utility costs for the City.

Cr Scott Arbuckle moved the motion at the meeting and said solar energy was no longer new technology but a global phenomenon.

“This is a positive investment by the City and I highly recommend we approve this,” he said.

“We live in the sunniest capital in the world, so why wouldn’t you do it?”

Cr Lee Hemsley seconded the motion and said it made financial sense for the council to adopt the motion.

“I urge you to support it,” he said.

The solar panels will be funded from the building reserve fund from the 2016-17 City budget.

Mayor Heather Henderson said after the meeting that the project would make the City more sustainable.

“The City of Subiaco is committed to investing in the environmental future of our community, and the installation and upgrade of solar panels in the city buildings is one way we can help mitigate the impacts of climate change,” she said.

“As well as environmental sustainability considerations, it’s a sound financial decision as the cost of energy continues to rise.

“The energy saving will pay back the cost of the solar panel systems within three to six years.”