Onsite Renewable Energy Solar Project
We are exploring options to install solar power panels on our sites to reduce our impact on the environment and reduce our electricity bills.
This major investment in renewable energy will take us one step closer to achieving the aspirational goal of becoming a CO2 neutral by 2020.
About the project
We have 40 Hunter Water sites that may be suitable for solar panels. Before investing in solar panels for all these sites we are testing the technology with a pilot study at Branxton.
If the pilot project at Branxton is successful we will install solar panels at many of our other sites across the Lower Hunter.
If the pilot project at Branxton does not prove to be cost effective the rest of the project may not proceed or will be redesigned.
Savings made by the project will enable funds to be invested into other projects to support the sustainable growth of the region.
The Branxton pilot project will start in early 2020. The solar panels will be installed only on Hunter Water land. We will be talking to neighbours before the design is finalised to see if the solar panels will cause any concerns, so we can adjust the design if required.
Branxton Waste Water Treatment Works
January 2020 - Contract to construct PVC solar panel pilot project at Branxton WWTW issued
Mid 2020 - Assess the cost effectiveness of the Branxton pilot project. If it is found to be cost effective then the next stages of the project will be undertaken.
Mid 2020 - Identify other Hunter Water land that might be suitable for the PVC solar panels
Late 2020-2021 - Construction for PVC solar panels at sites across the lower Hunter region.
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