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Solar Stars

Released on 27 December 2018

No bias about it - Para Hills Bowling Club is reaping the benefits of lower energy costs after signing up to the City of Salisbury’s Solar Panel Program.

Under the Council-supported program, the Bridge Rd club installed a 10kW package in 2015, before recently adding a further 2.5kW package with new inverters. 

Para Hills Bowling Club also took the opportunity to purchase extra panels from the supplier to enhance the system’s energy generating capacity, boosting the total number of panels to 50.

Club president Daryl Bonney said the Solar Panel Program had become a boon for the club and its 120 members.  

“There has been a noticeable 10 per cent saving on our energy bills during the period of 2015 until 2018,” Mr Bonney said.

“With power costs being one of the club’s main costs, any money saved has enabled the club to provide our members with new kitchen equipment and new uniforms.”

He said lower energy bills had also resulted in no new increases in membership fees.

“Not only has it been beneficial to the club in providing extra money to purchase equipment, but it has also enabled us to maintain membership fees at the same level for the past three years, helping us attract new members.”

Mr Bonney said the support from the program and Council staff had made participation in the program straightforward.

“We look forward to seeing the savings generated from a fully functioning system over the coming months during summer.”

As part of the City of Salisbury’s 2018/19 Annual Plan, $475,000 has been allocated to extend the Sports Club Solar Panels installation scheme.

This article appears in the latest edition of Salisbury Aware.