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Goulburn Valley Water (GVW) has installed 64 solar panels at its Mansfield Water Treatment Plant in Victoria as part of a $5.4 million project aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and operating costs.

Solar panels will also be installed in ten of GVW’s towns, including Kilmore, Broadford and Shepparton Both ground mounted and roof mounted panels installed at a select number of GVW facilities across the Goulburn Valley. 

General Manager Planning and 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 4,500T of carbon dioxide equivalent each year.

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

The panels installed at Mansfield will produce an average annual energy production of over 25,000kWh, 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.”

This roll out project is at about 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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