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Solar energy. Karleila Thomsen

Solar saves Byron money

BYRON Shire Council is saving energy and money thanks to the 25kW solar PV system and lighting upgrade of the Cavanbah Centre.

These actions were implemented after an energy efficiency audit at the centre identified multiple opportunities for energy savings.

A follow up audit has confirmed that the council is now saving $15,200 per year.

Open space and resource recovery manager, Michael Matthews, said the energy efficiency upgrade was a great opportunity to save money, energy and greenhouse gas emissions.

"The Cavanbah Centre 25kW solar system alone will provide up to 70% of the centre's current energy use," he said.

"Along with the lighting upgrade and solar hot water system retrofit, we are now saving 54,300kW of energy and 48 tonnes of greenhouse gas annually.

"This is equivalent to the energy consumption of 8.3 average households."

Other solar PV systems include a 50kW system on the West Byron sewerage treatment plant, a 5kW at Brunswick Valley Community Centre, four solar hot water systems and 10kW at Myocum landfill.