Video - Logan City Council installs more than 1000 kilowatts of solar panels on buildings across Logan

Sun's power: Solar panels on the roof of the Logan Aquatic Centre.
Sun's power: Solar panels on the roof of the Logan Aquatic Centre.

Logan City Council has passed a significant renewable energy milestone with more than 1000 kilowatts of solar photovoltaic panels now installed on its buildings.

The Cedar Grove Environmental Centre is playing a huge part in council's solar plan, as it aims to become carbon neutral by 2022.

That is the site of the first ground-based solar PV system, with a 150kW capacity.

The combined power generation from the 25 systems is expected to save an estimated $140,000 a year in electricity costs and reduce CO2 emissions by more than 930 tonnes.

The solar plan comes after a Climate Council report last year revealing Logan property owners were overwhelmingly embracing solar energy.

Jimboomba, North Maclean, South Maclean, Tamborine, Greenbank, Boronia Heights and New Beith were among Queensland's top suburbs to embrace solar energy, the report said.

The findings revealed that more than 3400 rooftop solar panels had been installed in Jimboomba, South and North Maclean, accounting for 60.9 per cent of all properties.

Jimboomba ranked as the second most solar friendly suburb in Queensland.

Council's latest installation is a 100kW system on the roof of the Logan North Aquatic Centre in Underwood. It features 303 solar panels.

Other new systems are at Mt Warren Sports Centre (70kW); Marsden Library (55kW); Logan North Library (83kW) and Logan West Community Centre (18kW).

The five sites use power optimisers which help boost performance and allow remote monitoring of the power generation of every solar panel.

Other significant solar systems on council buildings are at Round Mountain (87kW), Marsden Depot (100kW), Logan Metro (100kW) and Beenleigh Library (100kW).

City Planning, Economic Development and Environment Committee chair, councillor Jon Raven, said the organisation aimed to be carbon neutral by 2022.

"Embracing solar is good for the environment and for the bottom line," Cr Raven said.

"We're also supporting the renewables industry, which is creating jobs in Logan."

Loganholme waste water treatment plant will get a 1000kW system which will come online in 2021/2022. It is estimated it will produce around 2000 MWH per year.

Council's efforts to reduce its carbon footprint continues.

The 2020/2021 budget, to be handed down on Monday includes $308,000 to install a 200kW system on the roof of the council Administration Centre at Logan Central.

It is forecast the system will save council $38,400 in annual electricity costs and reduce CO2 emissions by 250 tonnes per year.

More than 41,000 solar PV systems have been installed on residential, commercial and community buildings across the city, representing more than 184 megawatts of capacity.

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