WEDNESDAY 26 OCTOBER, 2011 |
Solar Panels For Queensland's Reef HQ Aquarium
Construction of a major solar panel array has commenced at Queensland's Great
Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's Reef HQ Aquarium.
According to the state's Minister for Sustainability, Tony Burke, the 153kW
rooftop solar array will be the second largest system of its type in
Climate change poses a huge threat for the well-being of the Great Barrier Reef
and Minister Burke said all have a role to play in helping to protect it.
"It's fitting that Reef HQ Aquarium - as the national education centre for
the Great Barrier Reef - is leading by example to reduce their carbon footprint
and help improve the resilience of the Reef.
Minister Burke stated the solar energy system would power the critical life
support systems in the world's largest living coral reef aquarium.
Accompanying the project will be displays showing the performance of the system
in real time and other renewable energy themes.
"More than 130,000 people visit Reef HQ Aquarium each year - this is a
fantastic way to educate visitors about how alternative energies are viable and
important for protecting our environment", says Mr. Burke.
The system will generate an average of 706 kilowatt hours of clean electricity a
day, an estimated total of 258 megawatt hours annually and will avoid 260 tonnes
of carbon dioxide emissions each year.
Any surplus electricity generated by the solar panel array will be fed back into
the mains electricity grid.
Construction of the rooftop solar farm is expected to be completed by May
Queensland's love affair with solar has continued to grow. In
, we reported on comments from Energy Minister Stephen Robertson
who said over 107,000 Queensland
were reaping the rewards of installing rooftop systems.
Unlike other Australian states, Queensland has maintained its solar incentives
and currently offers the most generous feed in tariff in the country.
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