Byron Bay Community Centre general manager Paul Spooner and Nickel Energy’s Ben Luker are all smiles after the installation of eight further solar panels on the centre roof to complete a 3-kilowatt system of 16 panels which the local solar-system company has donated to the centre in the past year.
Based on the 60 cent feed-in tariff that the centre is eligible for, the system will generate $2,660 per year in revenue for the Community Centre for the next four and a half years.
Mr Spooner says the generous support from Nickel will hopefully inspire other building owners in the CBD to install similar systems to reduce their power costs as ‘there’s not many solar panels on rooftops in the town centre’.
Nickel Energy managing director Nick Lake said the company is interested in talking to other community groups who are keen to adopt sustainability measures.
Photo Jeff ‘Sun Lover’ Dawson