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Harnessing the sun’s energy was an obvious choice for the sustainability award-winning City of Cockburn when planning Cockburn ARC.
Harnessing the sun’s energy was an obvious choice for the sustainability award-winning City of Cockburn when planning its new $109 million aquatic and recreation centre.
And now the City’s dedication to embracing sustainable practices will help create Western Australia’s largest rooftop solar installation yet – a massive 1MW.
In the latest milestone in the April 2017 completion of Cockburn ARC, the council has signed a GST-inclusive $2 million agreement with Solargain to supply, install and maintain its 901.4kW portion of the rooftop solar system.
It will generate energy equivalent to taking 416 cars off the road each year, powering 266 homes annually or reducing greenhouse gas emission equivalent to planting 168 trees a year.
With its extensive modern facilities, the Cockburn ARC will use an estimated average 4630MWh of electricity annually.
The Cockburn ARC system will generate 1550MWh per year, providing about one third of the facility’s annual load.
Mayor Logan Howlett said this would create yearly savings of about $300,000 and a carbon dioxide offset of 1170 tonnes a year.
“The environment is the foundation for sustainability in the City of Cockburn,” Mayor Howlett said.
“Increasing the use of renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions are objectives included in the City’s Sustainability Strategy 2013-2017.
“Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the City’s electricity and fuel consumption is also part of the Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Action Plan (2017-2020) already adopted by council.”
He said the energy generated by the solar PV system would help run the centre’s four heated pools – a 25m indoor, a 50m outdoor and leisure and hydrotherapy pools – as well as spa and sauna facilities, a café, crèche, indoor playground, gym, playing courts and change rooms.
“It’s an exciting time for Solargain. We are proud to be part of the team driving Western Australia’s solar future forward and to demonstrate our extensive commercial solar experience on such an iconic project,” Solargain CEO Domenic Mercuri said.
Installation of the solar panels will begin next January for completion by the end of March and will involve a team of up to 15 people.