Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
A NEW solar array has been added to the Cockburn Youth Centre, helping to reduce greenhouse gases and increase public awareness about renewable energy production.

The $47,570 photovoltaic system became a feasible option for the centre, following a positive report from the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council (http://www.smrc.com.au) last year, because the solar panels could face north to receive a maximum amount of sunlight.

Cockburn Mayor Logan K Howlett said the City had recognised a need to invest in sustainable energy practices, as part of its ongoing commitment to the environment and green-friendly practices.

“The solar array is another example of the City investing in renewable technology and playing an important part in helping to reduce climate change,” he said.

“Since 2006, the development and implementation of our sustainability strategy has put these issues at the forefront of our decision-making processes.

“The Cockburn Youth Centre proved to be an ideal location because the solar panels were able to be added in an aesthetically-pleasing way to a new and vibrant building.”

Low on maintenance, the solar array generates about 25 kilowatt hours of energy each day, reducing the centre’s reliance on power from the State’s main energy supplier.

“An educational component is now in the planning stages for the youth centre, so visitors can learn more about photovoltaic technology,” Mayor Howlett said.

solar array1-3.jpeg: A solar array on the Cockburn Youth Centre in Success is helping to reduce greenhouse gases.

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The City of Cockburn celebrates its 30th birthday in 2009, regarded as one of Perth’s fastest growing and culturally-diverse local governments.

With a population of about 80,000, it has grown into one of Perth’s most dynamic and successful areas. The population is made up of a large percentage of children, families and seniors, and a large percentage of people born overseas (28.8%).

As a developing city, Cockburn has a good mix of residential, rural and conservation areas and has more than 2000 businesses. The City of Cockburn, as a council, has a continuing mission to make the area the most attractive place to live, work and visit in the metropolitan area.

Chris Thomas
P: (08) 9411 3551
W: www.cockburn.wa.gov.au


Solar array on WA youth centre helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions


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