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Goulburn Valley Water (GVW) has installed solar panels at the Rushworth Water Treatment Plant in Victoria as part of its project to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce operating costs.

The panels are being installed as part of GVW’s $5.4 million solar panel rollout, where panels will be installed in ten of GVW’s towns, which also include Shepparton, Tongala and Kyabram.

The project involves installation of both ground-mounted and roof-mounted panels at a select number of GVW facilities across the Goulburn Valley. 

General Manager Planning & Assets, Daniel Hughes, said this work is part of a large-scale project to install over 4,800 high-efficiency solar PV panels on GVW land and infrastructure, resulting in a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of approximately 4,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent each year.

“This project is intended to reduce both greenhouse gas emissions, and operating costs associated with energy bills,” Mr Hughes said. 

The panels installed at Rushworth will produce an average annual energy production of over 40,000kWh, the equivalent amount of energy required to run the plant.

“It is our intention to neutralise energy consumption at each of the selected sites,” Mr Hughes said. 

“The number of panels installed at each of the sites has been determined based on the amount of energy that plant requires to run, and we expect that eventually the operation of these sites will be optimised such that they predominantly function in sunlight hours.”

The solar panel rollout has reached the halfway mark and is being delivered by Solgen Energy Group. It comes at no extra cost to customers.

Charlotte Pordage is Editor of Utility magazine, a position she has held since November 2018. She joined the team as an Associate Editor in October 2017, after sharpening her writing and editing skills across a range of print and digital publications. Charlotte graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2011 with joint honours in English and Latin. When she's not putting together Australia's only dedicated utility magazine, she can usually be found riding her horse or curled up with a good book.

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