New solar system to power Bluewater Leisure Centre

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Colac Otway Shire’s target to be carbon neutral by 2020 has taken a giant leap in recent weeks with the installation of a 100kw solar array system on the roof of the Bluewater Leisure Centre.

The system is expected to generate a large portion of the centre’s electricity requirements during the warmer months and even now is reducing reliance on the power grid.

The system uses the latest technology in panels, which are not only more efficient, but also lighter and therefore easier to install without compromising the load limit of the roof.

The system will reduce carbon emissions by 250 tonnes per year, generating a clean power that will significantly reduce Bluewater Leisure Centre’s reliance on the grid for many months of the year.

The Colac Otway Shire will save around $25,000 each year in electricity bills and the system will pay for itself within six years, making it both a positive environmental and financial investment.

A website supporting the solar array system will show shows real time data, including how much energy is produced, the centre’s usage, how much carbon emissions are being prevented and the financial saving to the Colac Otway Shire.