Solar farm idea gains Saunders’ support to cut $6m cost

AN AMBITIOUS plan to power the Fraser Coast Regional Council's assets using solar energy has drawn support from the State Government.

Councillor Chris Loft promised a feasibility study into the use of solar power to cut down the council's $6 million energy costs if he was elected Mayor in March.

He suggested taking advantage of the State and Federal Government's green-energy agenda to help the council construct the power plant.

A self-proclaimed "big-believer in renewable energy" Maryborough MP Bruce Saunders agreed it was the future.

"I'd look at lobbying the government and talking to ministers regarding funding," he said.

"If we could come to a deal and it would benefit ratepayers then by-all means.

"I don't want to see public money going to waste."

The Chronicle's readers were mostly supportive of the proposal on the website.

User, Vagabond believes solar could "substantially reduce its electricity bill".

"There would not even have to be a big one off spend by council," they wrote. Progressively put solar on all council buildings - the cost for the installation of solar could be spread over a number of years."

"I can not understand why the council have not gone down this track before," HerveyB added.
 



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