Solar on Public Buildings – Nyora Recreation Reserve

Hello my name is Brett Hume. I’m the President of the recreation reserve committee in the township of Nyora. We provide facilities and services to our community sporting clubs which include our football netball club our cricket club our men’s shed, and our speedway and also our ladies midweek tennis club. We’ve been on this site here for over 100 years. As part of the solar on public buildings project our reserve was the first in the South Gippsland area to be selected for the installation of a significant 20 kilowatt 56 panel solar array which will feed into our day to day activities and through our tariff and provide significant savings for us over a 12 month period. We estimate based on normal use and activity and weather patterns, we should in the vicinity of $6 to $8,000 against an annual electricity bill of over $10,000. The benefits to both our committee of management and the user groups are significant. The savings will enable the clubs to further invest in the development of thier own sporting endeavours and from the reserve committees point of view, will save us time and money in seeking grants for other works because the savings will be now reinvested into improvements such as our kitchen area and our change room facilities. One of the significant things of this project is the sustainability that’s provided for us. For example, we are just recently going through an upgrade of our power supply and our men’s shed group were going to have to connect into that power grid at a cost of over $10,000. Because of the solar panel project, we can now provide we can now provide electricity at a cost-effective level to the men’s shed, thus saving them that $10,000 of infrastructure costs they would have to meet. And for the men’s shed their main fundraising is sausage sizzles at Bunnings. And that’s a lot of sausage sizzles to achieve that $10,000. Now because of this project that is a real cash saving to the men’s shed. The solar analytics remote monitoring system. This provides almost instant records of what and where our peaks and troughs are in our power supply. Significant to us is in the summer time we run a large 5 KVA pump irrigation system. As the summer comes on using the solar analytics, we’ll be able to turn our pumps off and on at the times when we’re getting the most supply from our solar panels. For us, for our committee to be told at one monthly meeting that this project was possible for us to be part of and for them to come back to the next meeting a month later and the committee to be told that not only the project has started, only the project has started, but it’s been completed, and we’re getting a feed in into our electrical supply and thus saving money was quite an achievement to all the people involved in the project.

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