Ballina and Lennox Head Treatment Plants lead the way with electricity savings

Water News

Solar panels bank

Ballina Shire Council’s state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plants at Ballina and Lennox Head are a leading-edge example of the Council’s commitment to providing the services and infrastructure necessary for the future growth of the Shire.

Both treatment plants boast leading edge engineering that ensures high volume treatment of water and wastewater through energy efficiency and the usage of solar power.

At full capacity, the solar system at Ballina Wastewater Treatment Plant generates savings off the plant’s power bill of around $10,000 a month, with the electricity bills having reduced from around $35,000 to $40,000 per month to $25,000.

The system produces 466,000 kiloWatt hours per year, which equates to substantially reduced carbon dioxide emissions each year. This is a dollar saving in excess of $100,000 per annum.

In December 2014, Ballina Wastewater Treatment Plant switched on 1200 solar panels – believed to be the largest bank of solar panels in regional NSW – as part of a major upgrade to the Ballina Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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