West Australian Alternative Energy has completed one of the biggest solar panel installations of its kind within the City of Busselton, installing more than 300 solar panels at Busselton Water’s Water Treatment Plant 2 operations. The solar panels are expected to save the corporation almost $40,000 each year in electricity costs and will significantly reduce its carbon footprint.
West Australian Alternative Energy installed the panels over a four-week period across Plant 2’s three buildings. The Plant, located on Queen Elizabeth Avenue, is one of three water treatment plants, supplying 63 per cent of Busselton’s water.
Director Simon Barclay said “Our team will also trench significantly across the yard to connect all three buildings to a central system, as well as provide extra grid protection and upgrades to the electrical system to be able to incorporate solar energy.”
Busselton Water CEO Chris Elliott said when the Board assessed the environmental and financial benefits from installing solar panels, it was a logical decision to make.
“We’ll be reducing our carbon footprint by offsetting approximately 15 per cent of our power use each year – or 142.69MWh annually,” Mr Elliott said.
“That’s the carbon dioxide reduction equivalent of taking 21 passenger cars off the road or recycling more than 30 tonnes of waste and with the declining cost of the technology, we estimate we will recoup the costs of the solar panel installation in less than four years, considerably less than what would have been expected a number of years ago.”