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Solar facelift for Shepparton Regional Saleyards

By Rodney Woods

Greater Shepparton City Council has invested nearly $80 000 worth of solar panels at Shepparton Regional Saleyards in order to reduce power consumption and address climate change at a local level.

The new panels cost $79 437 and were installed by local contractor Watters Electrical.

Sustainable Development director Geraldine Christou said council was consistently seeking opportunities to improve the way it uses resources, lessen negative impact on the environment and address climate change.

“By nurturing a community that embraces sustainable energy we anticipate these solutions will provide benefits not only today, but for many generations to come,” Ms Christou said.

The solar installation includes a 55 kW system.

“The solar installations on our buildings are designed to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels while using the sun's free energy and the savings in electricity will mean greater service delivery for Greater Shepparton residents,” Ms Christou said.

Greater Shepparton businesses interested in improving their environmental performance can apply for Environmental Upgrade Agreements.

The EUAs provide low-cost loans for building upgrades to improve environmental performance.

For more information, visit: greatershepparton.com.au