Local businesses make the leap to cleaner energy alternatives

Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet visited the Chifley electorate yesterday to see how Western Sydney is preparing for a cleaner energy future.

The Minister was invited to visit the area by Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic who was keen to showcase some of the ground-breaking initiative taking place locally.

After launching a 50 kilowatt grid-connected solar electricity system at Blacktown City Council Works Depot, Mr Combet inspected the state-of-the-art tri-generation power plant recently installed at Rooty Hill RSL Club.

The tri-generation plant allows the club to operate off-the-grid for most of the day when the club is busiest and when energy costs are highest.

“We have some great organisations making a positive environmental contribution.”  Mr Husic said.

“I wanted Greg Combet to see first hand what is being done here to help the environment – and Rooty Hill RSL is doing some phenomenally good work in this regard.

"They’re not only saving energy – but they’re using it smartly on-site.  For example the heat produced by their onsite generator is used to warm the club during the cooler months.”

Afterwards, Mr Husic showcased to the Minister the GreenSkills Hub at the Nirimba Campus of TAFE’s Western Sydney Institute.

“The Hub is the only facility of its kind in the world, teaching the next generation of construction industry workers how to utilise renewable energy sources and technology to build energy efficient homes and businesses.”

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