The Rigby House Goes Solar project is the largest public rooftop solar power connection in NSW.
The conversion of Rigby House to renewable solar energy is a step forward in the Coffs Harbour City Council sustainable energy strategy. The project powers the Coffs Harbour Library and Art Gallery.
The project has been made possible by a $808,500 grant received through the NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change and Water's 'Climate Change Fund Public Facilities Programme'.
A total of 650 photovoltaic panels have been installed on the roof of Rigby House with a peak power output of 136.5kW. They will generate around 30% of the power needed to run the heating, ventilation and air conditioning, lighting, office equipment and lifts in the building.
The solar system will generate 175 megawatt hours per annum which are a saving of 175 tonnes of carbon emissions from the atmosphere every year.
It is also predicted that fitting the solar panels will save more than $30,000 a year in direct electricity costs for Rigby House, as well as generating an income of approximately $6,500 per annum in Renewable Energy Certificates.
A permanent display on the solar energy project and sustainable living collection of resources can be viewed in the Library or online.
For more information on Rigby House and Renewable Energy:
Rigby House Case Study (333KB)
Rigby House - Powered By The Sun (480KB)
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