Renewable energy projects
Investing in our future
During the past few years we’ve invested in a number of renewable energy projects to help reduce our carbon footprint and save money on rising energy costs.
Sixteen of our buildings have been retrofitted with photovoltaic solar panel systems, which collectively generate more than 100,000 kilowatt hours of electricity every year (enough to supply 10 South Australian households for a whole year).
Most of this energy is used where the system is installed, but the excess is fed back into the mains grid. This excess is drawn on when we use more energy than the panels are generating, helping to save us money.
The Civic Centre is solar powered
Council’s Civic Centre building has one of the largest systems with 158 panels.
These panels generate almost 10 per cent of our electricity needs on a daily basis, helping us reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 tonnes each year.
As well as solar electricity, we’ve installed a number of solar hot water services on community buildings which save around 11.7 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year.