City of Busselton buildings go solar

City of Busselton mayor Grant Henley and West Australian Alternative Energy co-owner Sarach Barclay at the Busselton Library which has just had solar panels installed.
City of Busselton mayor Grant Henley and West Australian Alternative Energy co-owner Sarach Barclay at the Busselton Library which has just had solar panels installed.

West Australian Alternative Energy has installed solar across the City of Busselton, just in time for the peak summer holiday period.

The Busselton company was chosen as the local supplier for new solar projects after successfully delivering a 100 kilowatt solar system for the city's main administration building in 2018.

This system has already significantly reduced the on-peak demand for electricity from the grid since its commissioning.

The four new sites receiving a solar boost are the Busselton Library, Naturaliste Community Centre, Busselton Depot and the Geographe Leisure centre.

Across the four sites, the team from WAAE will be installing a total of 734 solar panels.

WAAE managing director Simon Barclay said local governments have a social responsibility to move towards clean energy solutions.

"The City of Busselton is emerging as a leader in the community for not only promoting sustainability practices but leading by example by embracing renewable energy," he said.

As part of its energy strategy, the city is working towards achieving a number of sustainability goals.

The city's increased use of renewable energy will reduce the financial impact of rising electricity costs and dramatically decrease their reliance on the electricity grid.

City of Busselton mayor Grant Henley said the systems would pay for themselves with reduced energy bills within two to three years.

"We'll be able to produce around 391860kWh per annum of renewable clean energy, or the equivalent of 11 per cent of the City's electricity use, excluding unmetered street lighting," he said.

"This is an excellent outcome for residents and ratepayers as we move toward more sustainable energy consumption."