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City Of Newcastle continues its commitment to supporting clean energy renewable generation with the installation of a 10.2 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system at the No.1 Sportsground, Parry Street, Newcastle West in January 2016.  The system, which brings the total amount of solar PV installed on Council-owned buildings to 350 kW, is estimated to generate 14,800 kWh of energy per year.

This energy generated by the system will be used to offset grid-generated electricity used by the Sportsground when cricket, AFL and other high-profile sporting events are being held.  The 40-panel system was installed after it was determined that there was the potential to reduce daily grid energy consumption by more than 25 percent and save Council over $20,000 annually in electricity and peak capacity charges. The system utilises Enphase micro-inverters and can be monitored remotely to track system performance.

The solar PV system will reduce Council’s exposure to rising electricity prices while helping to meet its goal of having 30% of Council’s electricity generated from low-carbon sources by 2020.

Quick Facts

System size 10.2 kW
Location Newcastle West
Total project cost $16,300
Date system switched on 4 January 2016
Payback 0.82 years
Internal rate return 123%
Solar generated electricity 14,800 kWh pa
Grid consumption reduction 25% pa *
Energy and peak capacity savings $20,000 pa

* At the time that the system was completed.


Solar panel type Polycrystalline
Number of panels 40
Panel efficiency ≥ 15.21%
Panel wattage 255W

To find out more contact Energy & Resource Management in the Projects & Contracts Unit on 02 4974 2000.