$100,000 annual energy savings at the ‘flick of a switch’

20 December 2017

Ratepayers will start saving in excess of $100,000 annually when Mayor Tom Tate ‘flicks the switch’ at Gold Coast Aquatic Centre today.


Solar power will now supply the centre’s energy needs, creating significant savings for ratepayers. 


Visitors will be able to see exactly how much energy is being produced via an LED screen at the entrance to the pool. The project cost $654,000.


The centre, renamed Optus Aquatic Centre for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, has been fitted with a 312 kilowatt solar array and more than 1100 panels.


“That’s an annual reduction in energy costs of over $100,000,’’ said Mayor Tate.


The Gold Coast Aquatic Centre will also trial a 300kWh battery after the Commonwealth Games 2018 to achieve further savings.


Plant Ark Power was selected to supply and install the solar and battery system to the City. 


Executive Director Richard Romanowski said: “We are honoured to have been entrusted with this work especially considering the facilities’ importance to the up-coming Commonwealth Games.  It’s a world-class facility and now with solar is a leading example of how local government can invest wisely to secure their energy future.  We look forward to watching the Commonwealth Games’ swimming competition being powered by the sun.”


Today also marks the installation of the last LED street light for Surfers Paradise.


A total of 890 energy saving LED street lights have been rolled out to replace existing high energy street lights, cutting the City’s consumption costs in that precinct by 50 percent. The focus has been on the Surfers Paradise precinct with other areas to follow.


“We are also well into our program of energy saving initiatives to tackle every facet of our energy consumption, and drive home savings for the ratepayer,” said Mayor Tate.


“Our annual electricity expenditure has almost doubled over the past 10 years and we need to reduce our reliance on the current system by investing in alternative energy sources.


In the next few months, the City will deliver over $4 million worth of energy savings initiatives, including solar and batteries to the City’s administration buildings, depots, aquatic centres,

libraries and community venues.

$100,000 annual energy savings at the ‘flick of a switch’ photo