Solar powering health in Emerald

Minister Bailey (centre) with Cr Paul Bell (to his left), Dr Ewen McPhee (to his right), Wendy McPhee (in red) and other stakeholders. SOLAR is the word of the day in Emerald, after the GP SuperClinic waschosen as the third business in Queensland to take part in Ergon Energy Retail’s Business Solar Saver program.
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Central Highlands councillor Paul Bell, who has been part of the SuperClinic project since the beginning, said the non-for-profit organisation which runs the site had plans to be sustainable both financially and environmentally from the start.

“Thechallenge has always been then to find out how we marry both,” he said.

The SuperClinic, which only opened in 2015, has seen heavy financial impacts due to energy consumption.

“The solar power is going going to mean that we’re now generating enough power to reduce our bill by $40,000 to $45,000 per year,” Cr Bell said.

“In terms of financial sustainability is great for us, it means that that $45,000 which would have gone to energy will now go to health.

“It’s a real winner for us.”

Minister for Energy Mark Bailey,visited the site this week andsaid the Business Solar Saverincludes installation of a solar PV system designed specifically for medium businesses that Ergon Energy Retail monitors, services and maintains for a monthly fee.

It also links to Ergon Energy Retail’s EnergyCheck tool to help Emerald GP SuperClinic understand their energy use.

“TheBusiness Solar Saverinstallation includes 150 panels capable of generating 42kW and two by 20Kw inverters,” Mr Bailey said.

“Ergon Energy Retail is trialling this product as a flexible solution to help businesses that have high energy use reduce their energy costs.

“A business customer using about 100MW per annum will be able to reduce their average annual energy bill by up to one-third.”

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