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SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre goes solar

15 September 2017

The display panel of the recently completed 512kW solar panel system at the South Australia Aquatic and Leisure Centre will be turned on tomorrow to aid the centre’s energy efficiencies and reduce its carbon emissions.

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure on behalf of the Office for Recreation and Sport has installed the following energy initiatives at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre, Oaklands Park:

  • 512kW (kilowatt) solar photovoltaic system, with an associated grid-interactive inverter and public display board.
  • LED lighting to the car park.
  • Lighting upgrade to the gym, dryland training and the leisure water.

Total project cost for these energy initiatives is $1,200,000 and it is estimated that the system will pay for itself within seven years.

A video screen will display energy generation on a daily basis and over time for users of the facility to view.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITY

Office for Recreation and Sport General Manager Kylie Taylor will be turning on the video display screen in the foyer of the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre, 443 Morphett Road, Oaklands Park, at 2pm on Thursday 14 September 2017.

A photo opportunity will be available with Ms Taylor and Mr Kyle Chalmers SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre ambassador, weather dependent this will include access for a photo on the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre roof.

BACKGROUND

The SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre is a major sporting facility hosting national and international events, including Olympic trials.

The solar system is made up of 1600 x 320 watt solar panels, which will generate a daily output equivalent to that of about 170 home systems.

The system will indicatively:

  • Produce 702,000 kWh of energy each year.
  • Save the equivalent of 192,000 Litres of fuel each year.
  • Offset 442 tonnes of Carbon annually.

In addition this initiative will:

  • Contribute to the Government’s Carbon Neutral Adelaide commitment; a shared vision for the world’s first carbon neutral city.
  • Contribute to the achievement of targets associated with the South Australian government energy efficiency strategy for government buildings.

The solar array has been installed by a South Australian owned company, Solar Depot Pty Ltd.

The solar array is currently the 4th largest solar array on a building in SA, after Adelaide Airport (1.2MW (megawatt)), Adelaide Showgrounds (1 MW) and Westfield Marion Shopping Centre (648kW).