A sunny disposition

Palerang Council has now installed its 31.5kW roof-mounted solar array on the Bungendore Council Chambers and as part of the Reneweable Energy Day held last Wednesday the switch was officially flicked to turn the system on.

A feasibility study conducted in 2011 revealed an 18Kw would generate 15% of the electricity consumed by the Bungendore office, with a payback period of less than 4 years.

By the time council called for Expressions of Interest earlier this year the cost of photovoltaic systems had dropped substantially. The 31kW system will cost around 2/3 of the original estimate of an 18kW system, and satisfy around 30 per cent of the office’s power demands. The solar array is being funded by a loan that will be repaid through savings in electricity costs. 

Mayor Pete Harrison and Cr Paul Cockram flick the switch for the new solar panels.

Mayor Pete Harrison and Cr Paul Cockram flick the switch for the new solar panels.