SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre Goes Solar

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SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre Ambassador, Kyle Chalmers, and Office for Recreation and Sport General Manager, Kylie Taylor, were present to witness the recently completed 512kw solar panel system and to turn on the video display screen in the front foyer area.

The solar system is made up of 1600 x 320 watt solar panels, which will generate a daily output equivalent to that of about 170 home systems.

The system will indicatively:

  • Produce 702,000 kWh of energy each year.
  • Save the equivalent of 192,000 Litres of fuel each year.
  • Offset 442 tonnes of Carbon annually.

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In addition this initiative will:

  • Contribute to the Government’s Carbon Neutral Adelaide commitment; a shared vision for the world’s first carbon neutral city.
  • Contribute to the achievement of targets associated with the South Australian government energy efficiency strategy for government buildings.

 The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure on behalf of the Office for Recreation and Sport has installed the following energy initiatives at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre, Oaklands Park:

  • 512kW (kilowatt) solar photovoltaic system, with an associated grid-interactive inverter and public display board.
  • LED lighting to the car park.
  • Lighting upgrade to the gym, dryland training and the leisure water.

Total project cost for these energy initiatives is $1,200,000 and it is estimated that the system will pay for itself within seven years.

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A video screen will display energy generation on a daily basis and over time for users of the facility to view.

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