Solar Panels on Council Buildings and Facilities
  • Last updated:
  • 29 Jan 2016

Twenty-four council buildings and facilities have solar panels with a collective capacity of 158kW. The electricity generated averages 242,214 kWh per year, which contributes to an annual saving of $50,114 in electricity costs. The solar panels are reducing council's carbon footprint by 213 tonnes of greenhouse gases per year*.

Solar panels on Lake Kawana Community Centre, Caloundra Library and Glasshouse Mountains Visitor Information Centre (shown in the table below) were delivered through a partnership with Origin Energy and partly funded through grants under the Federal Government's Solar Homes and Communities Plan.

Buildings / Facilities  Solar PV Kilowatts 
Six Libraries 17.4
Sunshine Coast Stadium (formerly known as Stockland Park)
Community halls and centres  37
Glass House Mountains Visitor Centre
Two holiday parks  43.5
Mary Cairncross Reserve 1.5
Buderim Resource Recovery Centre 10
Meridan Club House  3
Ithica Lifesaving Club  1.5
Point Perry Shelter Shed
TOTAL 153.5

The installations are just part of a wide range of initiatives reflecting council’s commitment to sustainable practices and renewable energy. By using clean technology, council is doing the right thing for the community by reducing cost savings and complementing its renewable energy initiatives and sustainable practices right across the region.

Calculations based on a 1 kW solar PV system generating an average of 4.2 kWh/day (source: Clean Energy Council Australia); electricity cost of 0.2069 AU$ per kWh and using the Queensland emissions factor of 0.88 kg CO2e for purchased electricity (source: National Greenhouse Accounts Factors 2011).