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Mornington Peninsula Council commits to expanded solar power system for Rosebud Aquatic Centre

Mornington Peninsula Council commits to expanded solar power system for Rosebud Aquatic Centre
April 30, 2020

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has committed to expanding the solar power system that will be installed on the rooftop of its new Rosebud Aquatic Centre.

The solar energy system for the new facility was initially specified to be 231kW, but in June last year Council resolved to install the maximum number of solar panels possible on the Centre’s rooftop. The conditions attached to the expansion were safe roof access and symmetry for aesthetic reasons were to be maintained.

At last week’s Council meeting, a quote from Buxton Constructions for a 375kW commercial solar system - at a cost of a total of $353,596 - was recommended and accepted.

The system, which will utilise power optimisers (devices attached to each solar panel that ensure the current provided by the panel is always optimal for maximising energy output), should generate somewhere in the region of 508,800 kilowatt hours of clean electricity a year.

The Council awarded the $35.82 million contract for construction of the Rosebud Aquatic Centre to Buxton Constructions in July last year, with completion expected towards the end of this year.

Other energy efficiency related measures to be incorporated into the Centre include air pressurisation used in the pool hall to reduce heat loss from the pool when not in use and removing the need for pool blankets. In addition, the walls and floor of the concrete pools will be insulated to reduce heat loss, it will be an 'air-tight' building design, natural lighting will be used extensively, and an energy efficient water treatment plant and equipment will be installed.

Among its many features, Rosebud Aquatic Centre will offer a 50 metre indoor pool, learn to swim and warm water program pools, a gymnasium, a wellness centre, cafe and various disability access attributes.

Image of the Rosebud Aquatic Centre's planned 50 metre indoor pool courtesy of Peddle Thorp Architects.

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