Rocky Gully solar plant will help SA Water lower household bills
The utility had been paying more than $80 million on electricity each year; a Murraylands project will help with that.
A solar farm just outside Murray Bridge is helping SA Water lower its carbon emissions and deliver savings to its customers.
More than 34,000 solar panels at SA Water’s Monarto Road, Rocky Gully pumping station were now operational, the utility announced on Friday.
The plant will generate about 25,600 megawatt-hours of electricity each year – enough to meet about 7.4 per cent of SA Water’s statewide needs.
The organisation hopes to use dozens of similar projects across South Australia to generate 70% of its power in the near future.
That would bring down its $80-million-per-year water bill, senior manager Nicola Murphy said, which should mean savings for households.
“These solar panels will significantly help to sustainably reduce our operating electricity costs and reliance on the national electricity grid, without compromising on the performance this vital pipeline plays in delivering trusted water for our customers,” she said.
SA Water began building solar farms at Rocky Gully and several other locations around the Murraylands back in 2019.
More information: www.sawater.com.au.
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