WEDNESDAY 27 JUNE, 2012 |
Victorian Libraries Go Solar
Two libraries in the Victorian city of Wyndham are slashing their carbon
emissions and power bills after having installed solar panels.
Wyndham City Council's
Werribee CBD and Point Cook
Library have each had a 5 kilowatt solar panel system installed, which will
avoid around 8.9 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually, the equivalent of taking eight cars off the road.
"These solar panels will provide not only a saving in terms of carbon emissions, but also a financial saving to Wyndham City as they reduce our energy
bills," said Wyndham Mayor Cr Kim McAliney.
While not providing specifics of electricity bill savings, a 5kW solar
power system installed in Melbourne
can generate savings for a household of
around $1,900 a year according to information from Energy
- often blowing away a family's power bill altogether.
Installation of the systems is one of many green initiatives which were part of Wyndham City’s 2011/2012 capital works
budget. Other initiatives included the Public Lighting Energy Management Scoping Study and hosting the first National Grassland Management Conference.
"Wyndham City is leading by example by installing these solar panels in our facilities and demonstrating to residents just how much energy can be saved in their own
homes," Cr McAliney said.
The installation of the panels occurred just in the nick of time - electricity
prices in Victoria
are set to rise substantially from July 1.
Wyndham is located on the coastal plain on the western fringe of Melbourne. The City
has experienced the largest and fastest growth in all Victorian local government areas and is the third fastest growing in
The City has set a target of a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2015 compared to 2001 levels (excluding
Wyndham's Refuse Disposal Facility) and to reduce per capita Community water consumption by 15% below 2002-03 levels, by 2013.
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