The savings produced by the Gladstone PCYC’s new solar power plant will be sufficient to put more “boots on the ground” and hire four more workers to run programs aimed at youth at risk and building community.
If you think your electricity bill is a shocker, pity Sgt Dominic McGee and the team at the PCYC who were facing a $10,000 bill each month.
With their solar panels and plant expected to reduce the club’s annual bill by a third, the $200,000 project, supported by the Australian Government will pay for itself in five years.
Federal member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd switched on the plant last week, assisted by Sgt McGee and the CEO of PCYC Queensland Phil Schultz.
Mr Schultz said around 20 of the 49 PCYCs located in our state were already partially solar powered with more to come. The project also created six construction jobs.
Federal Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd said the project, which included the installation of a TESLA six-battery storage system, would reduce the club’s expenses and ensure funds are being used on operational activities not electricity bills.
“I am thrilled that we have been able to deliver this major improvement to the Gladstone PCYC. The introduction of the solar power equipment and storage is forecast to reduce power costs in the range of $40,000 each year,” Mr O’Dowd said.
“The PCYC offers a range of services to our community and our funding for the installation of these solar panels helps reduce the PCYC’s ongoing operating expenses, “Mr O’Dowd said.