COUNCIL is taking steps towards solar-powering more of its services across the region.
Tamworth Regional Council currently pays more than $3.4 million in power bills and a report to be considered at Tuesday’s meeting recommends investigating making the switch to solar power at its sites and facilities to save on costs.
It recommends council investigate the viability of small scale or medium scale solar installations at its facilities where the energy produced is to be used on site.
Council could also green-light the process to call for an Expressions of Interest to install a large scale solar facility where energy produced is exported to the National Electricity Market.
The report comes after council commissioned a discussion paper on going solar earlier this year.
“Importantly, the discussion paper recommends Council take a timely approach and install solar photovoltaic systems while the full financial benefit of the energy certificate rebate scheme is in place,” sustainability officer Tim Hurcum said.