The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) says the installation by commercial solar installer, Solar Professionals is the first of its kind for local government in Australia, whereby the system is paid, installed and operated by a single solar provider.
The 707kW project is across 16 sites, including leisure and aquatic centres, libraries, childcare and community centres, and will contribute to the reduction of Blacktown City Council’s electricity use by nearly 3% per year, and their power bill by $170,000 per year.
Blacktown City Mayor Tony Bleasdale OAM said that the Council acknowledges that Australia is in a state of climate emergency and is committed to a target of 100% renewable electricity for Council operations by 2025.
“Doubling our solar generation capacity will contribute greatly to meeting that target by increasing our use of solar electricity and reducing emissions,” Mayor Bleasdale said.
Risen Energy Australia General Manager, Eric Lee said that Risen is “thrilled to supply their high technology panels to this initiative and that he has full confidence in the reliability of Risen panels”.
“Risen is heartened that our panels will play a part in supporting the council in achieving their target of 100% renewable energy for Council operations by 2025, as this is also in line with our vision of a 100% green future”.
Solar Professionals Managing Director Daniel Kimber said, “This is a significant project for both Solar Professionals and Blacktown City Council, and we were excited to partner with Risen Energy to deliver Council’s 700kW solar installation”.
Kimber said that Risen panels were a “great choice for this initiative” and that “the economic and environmental benefits of this landmark solar project will benefit Blacktown City Council for years to come”.