Bright news for Blyth as seven buildings get solar panels

BLYTH is well on its way to becoming a solar town after successfully applying to install solar panels on seven public buildings.
The group community buildings application was to the Australian government’s Photovoltaic rebate system for community buildings, and it is understood the Blyth project was the first regional project in SA to be accepted. The two kilowatt systems will be installed at Blyth Cinema, Blyth Golf Club, the community hall, football club, tennis club, bowls club and netball club (netball club pending).
The panels will be provided through Clewers of Clare, and are expected to save the clubs’ electricity costs while providing the opportunity for excess electricity to be returned to the grid.
Blyth Development Board has been able to subsidise the project for each of the clubs, meaning costs will be substantially reduced.
As part of the grant funding program, the community will be using its solar power to educate locals and visitors about the benefits of a “green” community.
“It’s an exciting opportunity for Blyth to be a standout solar community, and for other communities to see the value of investing in long-term sustainable energy systems,” said Blyth Development Board chair, Ian Roberts.
“We are grateful the Federal government has made funds available to reduce the total cost and place solar energy within the financial reach of our community.”
An information day will be held for other communities to learn about Blyth’s environmental programs, and the commitment to assist groups in being sustainable in the long term.
The funding announcement comes after a solar energy systems public meeting in Blyth in April 2009. It is hoped domestic rebate applications that were lodged since will soon be approved.