Northern Territory Minister for Arts and Museums Matt Conlan
Bright Future Ahead For Arts Centre
Victor P Taffa
Minister for Arts and Museums, Matt Conlan, today announced the Araluen Arts Centre (AAC) in Alice Springs will begin generating its own power through the use of solar technology.
“The system will supply power to the Centre and provide a significant ongoing reduction in energy costs.” Mr. Conlan said.
“The new solar system is expected to reduce electricity use by about 50 % and carbon emissions by 200 tonnes per year.”
“Alice Springs is an ideal location to harvest solar energy due to the amount of sunshine it receives each year.”
“The project ensures that the Territory plays its part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Central Australia.” Mr. Conlan said.
“The Alice Springs community can be proud to have such a significant building being powered by solar energy.”
“Excess power generated at the centre will be delivered back into the grid, making additional power available to everyone in Alice Springs.” Mr. Conlan said.
“The price of solar technology has significantly reduced since the funding was first committed by the Northern Territory Government in 2008, allowing savings of 50 % from the original projected cost.”
“Remaining funds will go towards two additional projects: the expansion of the current system to increase the generated power from 162 kilowatts to 180 kilowatts; and the installation of a 20 kilowatt system on the roof at the Bellman Hangar at the Central Australian Aviation Museum.”
“The AAC initiative is part of the Alice Solar City project which has seen the installation of large-scale solar systems across Alice Springs.” Mr. Conlan said.