Renewable energy demonstration project

2005

Switch your thinking undertook a renewable energy demonstration project at the Serpentine Jarrahdale Community Recreation Centre. The project included a one kilowatt solar photovoltaic array and a five kilowatt wind turbine and achieved the following outcomes:

  • The system attracted the attention of the local community through the 24 metre tower and acted as a talking point and education tool around renewable energy
  • The use of renewable energy reduced the electricity bill of the community facility and then these funds were re-invested into other sustainability actions including education at the facility
  • The system was a functioning example of a system appropriate to rural properties and small industry in the region, at a similar or smaller scale.