Solar power will soon supply all of the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre’s energy needs, creating significant cost savings for ratepayers.
The world-class aquatic centre, which will be a competition venue for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) will be fitted with a 340 kilowatt solar array of 1300 panels, reducing annual running costs by $100,000.
Mayor Tom Tate said the upgrade was an important part of the ongoing sustainability plans for the city during 2018 and beyond.
“The Gold Coast is an emerging world class business destination with a strong and globally competitive business environment and we want to ensure we remain sustainable and environmentally responsible,” Mayor Tate said.
“Initiatives like this benefit ratepayers and the city by reducing electricity and maintenance costs and improving our performance in terms of energy efficiency.
“Our annual electricity expenditure has almost doubled over the past 10 years and we need to reduce our reliance on the current system by investing in alternative energy sources,” he said.
Work will commence on the project in July to ensure completion in time for GC2018. The project will cost $654,000.
“During the Commonwealth Games, the eyes of the world will be upon us and this initiative will help highlight our city’s commitment to renewable energy practices,” Mayor Tate said.
“This project, along with other energy efficiency initiatives on the horizon will provide ongoing environmental and financial benefits for the whole community.”