Long Gully Community Centre’s Kevin Gunn and Brian Day. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

New solar panels are being installed on a series of council owned buildings thanks to a partnership between the City of Greater Bendigo and community groups who use the facilities.

The council has begun installing 51.5 kilowatts of solar panels on Strathdale Community Centre, Long Gully Community Centre, California Gully Mechanics Institute and Canterbury Park Pavilion.

These solar installations are being funded by $50,000 from the federal Community Solar Program.

Council’s Bernie O’Sullivan said the solar panels would result in real savings for the community.

“These new solar panels are expected to create more than 55,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year and create savings of approximately $14,000 a year in electricity costs,” Mr O’Sullivan said.

The solar panels are also expected to reduce greenhouse gases by 72 tonnes a year.

“Community groups pay the utility bills associated with these four facilities, so the solar panels will mean reduced costs for those clubs,” Mr O’Sullivan said.

“We were very pleased when the club representatives approached us and we have assisted by applying for funding and getting the panels installed.”

Last year the council installed 180 kilowatts of solar panels on the Eaglehawk Recycling Centre, Annie Galvin and Helen Jessen Early Learning Centres and the Epsom Huntly Recreation Reserve Pavilion.

Another 50 kilowatts of solar panels will soon be installed at the Bendigo Aquatic Centre, funded by the council, giving a total of 281.5 kilowatts of solar installations in the past 12 months.