THE world-class Gold Coast Aquatic Centre will soon run solely on electricity powered by the sun.
More than $650,000 will be spent on installing a 340-kilowatt solar array of 1300 panels at the centre before it hosts the Commonwealth Games next year.
Mayor Tom Tate said the upgrade was an important part of the ongoing sustainability plans for the city during 2018 and beyond and will reduce the aquatic centre’s annual running costs by $100,000.
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“The Gold Coast is an emerging world class business destination with a strong and globally competitive business environment and we want to ensure we remain sustainable and environmentally responsible,” Mayor Tate said.
“Initiatives like these benefit ratepayers and the city by reducing electricity and maintenance costs and improving our performance in terms of energy efficiency.
“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,” he said.
“During the Commonwealth Games, the eyes of the world will be upon us and this initiative will help highlight our city’s commitment to renewable energy practices.
“This project, along with other energy efficiency initiatives on the horizon will provide ongoing environmental and financial benefits for the whole community.”