Southern Downs furthers its 'green' program
Posted: May 11, 2012
|The new solar powered light|
Regency Park was chosen as the site for the initial trial for solar street lights, as the intersection at this location suffers from a lack of appropriate lighting.
"The new light will definitely be a benefit to residents of the park and eliminate a potential problem spot" said Michael Bell, Acting Director Engineering Services.
"Also, this location is reasonably close to town so the effectiveness of the light can be appropriately monitored and we can ensure it is working correctly" he said.
Council's commitment to an environmentally sustainable Southern Downs is outlined in the Southern Downs Community Plan 2030. Under the plan the Southern Downs will actively work towards encouraging the widespread use of renewable energy sources including solar power.
As part of the ClimateSmart Living Communities Program a two kilowatt solar photovoltaic (PV) system, donated by Ergon Energy, was installed on the roof of the Stanthorpe Library and Art Gallery building. This building forms part of a 'Solar Precinct' incorporating the Stanthorpe Library, Art Gallery and the swimming pool. Solar panels installed at the pool provide heating for the pools and the showers in the change rooms.
The Warwick Indoor Recreation and Aquatic Centre also currently utilises solar panels installed on its roof for heating of the pools within the Centre.
Council plans to trial another solar powered light, with the installation of a double light in Palmerin St south of Percy St in the near future.