Council has seen light

Kempsey Shire Council

Solar panels on civic centre Council building

Given all the rain we’ve had this year it might be surprising to learn that Council has reaped huge rewards from the sunshine this year.

A 99.9KW solar system was installed above the Civic Centre late last year. Since then it has been delivering energy for the site, generating about 144 megawatt hours per annum which equates to about 117 tonnes of carbon and reduction in our carbon footprint of approximately 40%. The system also saves Council in excess of $26k per annum meaning it will pay for itself in about four years.

I am hoping our success will encourage more projects like this both within Council and the community. There are many organisations that can give quotes on installing these systems.

People considering solar panels should consider the long-term financial benefits, especially if the price of electricity continues to rise. Of course you should also take careful consideration of your individual situation before proceeding.

Looking to switch on your business?

If you run a local business that offers an attraction, accommodation, food and drink, or information services you are eligible to apply for NSW Government funding to help install Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.

Having a charging station can help acquire new visitors, encourage visitors to stay for longer and highlight your business on the map as an EV charging destination.

The demand for suitable EV charging infrastructure is set to increase with sales of EVs predicted to exceed 50% of new car sales by 2030. Council has been endeavouring to install charging stations in our area for many years. There are two about to be installed at the Slim Dusty Centre. The new completed Clyde St carpark has also been designed to have installation of charging stations in the future.

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