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Major Solar Projects Rolled Out in Somerset

SOMERSET Regional Council is continuing to roll out renewable energy projects across the region.

Published: 11th May 2020

SOMERSET Regional Council is continuing to roll out renewable energy projects across the region.

The Somerset Regional Art Gallery – The Condensery at Toogoolawah is the latest facility in Somerset to have rooftop solar panels installed. 

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the art gallery was one of about a dozen council owned and managed sites in the region to have rooftop solar panels installed in recent years.

“We need to find savings more than ever going into our new budget and by installing the solar panels at the art gallery in Toogoolawah, Council is expected to save ratepayers an estimated $5,400 annually,” Cr Lehmann said.

“We will also be installing solar at the Kilcoy indoor sports centre, the Esk showgrounds and our council works depot at Esk.

“Council hopes to save an additional $8,700 a year at those sites.”

The panels installed at the award-winning architecturally designed art gallery have strategically been placed away from public view.

“Council was very conscious that it did not want the solar panels to detract from the uniqueness of the art gallery and its appearance,” Cr Lehmann said.

The panels have been installed on the northern roof of the gallery.

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