Wyrallah Road Shopping Centre is going solar. Owner/manager Barry Robinson is installing a 10-kilowatt system on the roof above the post office and planning to install two similar systems on other commercial properties he owns in the CBD.
“The return on the investment is adequate now with the (NSW) government incentives in place, but the reason I’m doing this is that I believe climate change is real,” Mr Robinson said. “We all need to look at cutting back our carbon emissions, this is one step… The science is clear: we are in real trouble.”
The NSW Government’s gross feed-in tariff pays 60 cents per kilowatt hour for all electricity produced by solar systems up to 10 kilowatts.
Mr Robinson put out a challenge to other businesses to step up and take a lead in the community.
“The Square has an enormous opportunity. It’s got a huge roof, it’s facing north... we need to do houses, but we need the big commercial buildings to get involved too,” he said.
Mr Robinson believes his solar roll out is the first of its kind for commercial properties on the North Coast and also plans to look at water recycling at Wyrallah Road.