Loft says solar farm could cut council's $6m power bill

BUILDING a solar farm to cut the Fraser Coast Regional Council's mammoth annual $6 million electricity bill will be investigated if Chris Loft is elected Mayor.

In the past financial year the council spent $6,690,000 on electricity and gas across the Fraser Coast.

The cost makes up 10.6% of the council's $62 million materials and services spend.

In a letter to Fraser Coast households Cr Loft pledged to do a feasibility study into the use of a solar farm to combat rising energy costs.

"Benefits of a solar power station would include; the creation of jobs, both short-term during the construction phase and long term operations and maintenance," he said.

Cr Loft said early indications estimated the council could save about 15% of its energy costs, or about $1 million.

In November 2012 then Energy Minister Mark McArdle opened Hervey Bay's $2.7 million, 1600-panel solar farm at Nikenbah.

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