In July 2009 the NSW State Government introduced a Waste and Environment Levy (W&EL) with part of this levy being allocated to projects that would reduce water consumption, use alternate energy sources or reduce waste to landfill.
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council took this opportunity to invest in renewable solar energy and in April 2013 officially completed the installation of a system on the library building in Grant Street, Port Macquarie. As the library is a community facility with a varied cross-section of public using the service on a regular basis it was determined that this would allow good exposure for a solar project. It was also seen as a project that would ensure monetary savings for rate payers and to create a sustainability project that can be used as an educational tool for schools and business.
In addition to the Library other key council facilities have also benefited from Solar energy installation. These include:
Installation of solar energy systems at the Laurieton Council Office / Library, Kew Waste Transfer Station and the Port Macquarie Reclaimed Water Treatment Plant are scheduled for completion as part of the 2017/2018 Operational Plan.
As part of the Long Term Energy Strategy7MB pdf(PDF, 7MB) (adopted at the October 2017 Council meeting), Council will aim to source 100% of it's electricity from renewable sources by 2027. Over the next couple of years Council will continue to implement Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels at feasible sites with the long term view of developing a mid-size PV plant when this technology becomes cost efficient to install and operate.
This page was last updated on: 02 May 2018