A healthier system

A 404kW solar power system featuring 1469 solar panels covering an area of 2000 square metres with a predicted annual energy yield of 688,755kWh has been installed at Morayfield Health Hub on the Sunshine coast.

Two electric vehicle charging stations form part of the smart energy efficient building unveiled this week by Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy Mark Butler in the lead up to the official opening in April 2019.

According to Health Hub Morayfield Director Evan Jones the investment is saving the operation approximately $123,000 each year

“The solar panels alone required a large capital investment. However, the return on investment is in the vicinity of a massive 25 per cent each year. We expect to have the infrastructure paid off in just over four years,” he said.

Repurposed from a former hardware warehouse, the 18,000sqm Health Hub site houses a collaborative network of health, education and research practitioners, including a General Practice, allied health and state-of-art rehabilitation centre, education and research facilities and health education event space across three levels of renovated floor space.

The solar system is part of a broader sustainability program that incorporates LED lighting, broad energy-efficient eaves, huge rainwater recycling tanks and two electric vehicle chargers.

Mark Butler commented on the business such as Morayfield investing in renewables and energy efficiency measures to lower their power bills and reduce pollution.

“The World Health Organisation has described climate change as ‘the defining health challenge of the 21st century”. Living in a continent where we are already pushed right up against the limit of human tolerance, that description has added meaning for Australia,” he said.

Together with Shadow Health Minister Catherine King he has committed to establishing a Climate and Health Strategy if elected to government.

Paul Schlaphoff from NuGreen Solutions which installed the solar system described the project as an excellent example of what can be achieved in large-scale renewable energy programs, explaining a solar energy system of this scale has the capacity to produce 2.3 megawatts of energy daily.