This will more than double the expanse of the existing 2kw solar system to more completely account for daytime usage at the emergency accommodation facility on Timor Street, directly opposite our Warrnambool Base Hospital.
SWH Buildings and Infrastructure manager Ray Bennett says the $4,000 grant allows for the purchase and installation of a further 3.3kw of solar panels which are expected to generate an additional 4.2Mwh per year. This represents a 30 percent reduction in electricity use.
On top of providing tangible public environmental benefits, our SWH Environmental Sustainability project officer Elvira Hewson plans to use the initiative to educate staff and visitors about the importance of reducing energy consumption. She also says the greening of this heavily-booked home-away-from-home is a symbolic expression of our commitment to care.
South West Community Foundation chair Barrie Baker is fully-supportive of this project which, depending on delivery of the panels, should be completed by the end of June. ‘This initiative is exactly the type of project the Foundation seeks to support. It will strengthen the community to make it a stronger and more resilient place. That’s what we’re about.’
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT why and how SWH is so committed to sustainability initiatives, the public’s invited to attend one of two World Environment Day public forums we’ve organised for:
The guest speakers are Dr Liz Hanna, a Registered Nurse and Honorary Senior Fellow at Canberra’s Climate Change Institute, and Dr Jefferson Hopewell from Health Purchasing Victoria.
These FREE events run for an hour. RSVPs are essential (for catering purposes). Please phone yours by 5pm on May 31 to Elvira on 5563 4068.
Photo: Barrie (from left), Ray and Elvira.