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ACHIEVEMENT: The City of Melbourne houses a major solar installation that provides clean renewable energy to the City.

TARGET DATE: July 2003. PROGRESS: Achieved.

DESCRIPTION: The City of Melbourne houses a major solar installation that provides clean renewable energy to the City.

When first elected in 1999, I began work to have the Melbourne Town Hall house a major solar installation on its roof, and to combine this with a meter in the main entrance hall showing how much electricity the Town Hall was generating!

A previous proposal for a solar installation on the Town Hall had been proposed, and an offer from a major photovoltaic supplier to provide the solar panels at a greatly reduced price had been developed, but as far as I am aware, the funds for that project were diverted to street lighting in King St.

My proposal was not acted on, but at the initiative of Rob Adams, Cr. Martin Brennan and others, a proposal was then developed to put photovoltaic cells on the Queen Victoria Market roof. A $1 Million Federal Government Australian Greenhouse Office (AGO) grant was awarded to the City of Melbourne on a matching basis. There were discussions with the AGO concerning the possibility of modifying the grant to allow for a different energy collection system to be used, based on a high temperature liquid countercurrent heat exchange system, but the City of Melbourne was unsuccessful in changing the conditions of the grant.

The contact for the design and installation was awarded to BP Solar in association with Origin Energy, with an expected completion date of May 2003.

The 1328 Solar panels on the Queen Victoria Market site can now generate 252 megawatts of electricity each year, which is enough electricity to power 63 homes.

The progress of the Queen Victoria Market Solar Photovoltaic Project is being broken down into milestones. The expected completion date is May 2003.

Milestone One, which involved the procurement and 'site mobilisation', was completed in November 2002.

Milestone Two, involving the completion of the Photovoltaic Installation, was completed in December 2002.

The solar panel installation was officially opened on Sunday 6 April 2003.

FURTHER INFORMATION: Based on the current cost of electricity (April 2003, based on 15¢ per kilowatt hour), sourcing 252 megawatts of electricity from the Queen Victoria market will save Council approximately $37,800 in energy costs every year. The solar panels are expected to keep generating electricity for a further 30 years.

Further information is available at www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/qvm which details current and historical data on electricity generated by the Queen Victoria Market solar panels.


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23 April 2017: Only those who decline to scramble up the career ladder are interesting as human beings. Nothing is more boring than a man with a career: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918 -1956.

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