Suncorp building’s solar panel system is city’s largest
NOT only will solar panels help save the planet, they're helping to keep money in your pocket.
And with plenty of sunshine in Rockhampton year round, Infinity Power regional manager Andrew White says more people need to make the change.
Infinity Power hopes to see more than half of homes and businesses in the region using solar panels in the future.
One business is already taking the lead, with Infinity Power installing a 55-kilowatt solar system recently.
The Suncorp building on Bolsover St, which is owned by Capricorn Diversified Investment Fund, has installed what is thought to be the largest solar panel system in the area.
The building's manager, David French, said having solar panels "makes sound economic sense".
"Central Queensland has one of the highest rates of sunshine in Australia and it's hard to believe the focus on solar isn't a lot more formal," Mr French said.
While the environment gets a boost, so does the bank account, with solar panels saving people money on their electricity bill.
Mr French said, according to his calculations, they would get their money back in five-and-a-half years.
HOW DO SOLAR PANELS WORK?
- The solar panels capture energy from the sun
- These roof-mounted panes contain photovoltaic cells, also known as solar cells. When sunlight falls on the cells they convert the sun's energy into DC (direct current) power
- Solar power is still generated on cloudy or overcast days, but at a reduced output
BENEFITS OF SOLAR PANELS
- Save money on your energy bill
- Generate your own electricity
- Add value to your home
- Reduce your greenhouse gas emissions