City to lap up solar power benefits from Aquatic Centre

Savings made through a new solar power initiative at the Southport Aquatic Centre will flow on to Gold Coast ratepayers.

Mayor Tom Tate has just flicked the switch on the new solar and battery system that is expected to generate $100,000 worth of power to the Commonwealth Games venue each year.

The 312 kilowatt solar array hosts more than 1100 panels and cost $654,000.


The centre will also trial a 300kWh battery after the Commonwealth Games in April to achieve further savings.

Visitors will be able to see exactly how much energy is being produced via an LED screen at the entrance to the pool.

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

“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,” Cr Tate added.