Sydney Theatre Company artistic directors, Andrew Upton and Cate Blanchett

GOVERNMENT  – 1 February 2010  – 9 (UPDATED 4 March 2020) Sydney Theatre company’s home at Walsh Bay will soon be equipped with one of  Australia’s largest building-integrated solar photovoltaic array in the country as part of a $1.17 million greening program under NSW Climate Change Fund.

The fund has allocated $6.8 million to support 18 demonstration projects across the state under Round 2 of the Public Facilities Program at a number of public facilities (listed below). The program is estimated to save 162 million litres of water and 8843 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year. (Only the solar array under way at the Adelaide Showgrounds is understood to be bigger.)

At the heritage listed Pier 4/5 Walsh Bay, the  Greening the Wharf project, a joint iniative of Arts NSW, the STC and the arts community, will create a publicly accessible green technology showcase.

The solar array is expected to slash  slash the volume of energy drawn from the grid. There will also be more energy efficient lighting and lighting controls, and a solar hot water system to save an estimated total of 634 tonnes of carbon pollution a year. Water efficient fixtures and an innovative rainwater harvesting system will help save more than 8 million litres of water a year.

Other project highlights from the NSW Climate Change Fund include:

Blacktown City Council
Irrigation of Blacktown Public Open Spaces with Recycled Water?Funding: $235,000
The council plans to save 115 million litres of water by building a pipeline to tap into recycled water from the Quakers Hill Sewage Treatment Plant to irrigate sports fields and adjacent landscaped grounds. The Council is expanding Blacktown Olympic Park to include cricket and AFL fields. These new fields and a number of existing parks will be irrigated using the recycled water. The project will enable the xouncil to become a sustainability showcase for the Blacktown community.

Charles Sturt University
Energy Savings & Education Project
Funding: $75,000
Charles Sturt University will install energy and water saving technologies including efficient lighting and amenities fixtures at its Wagga Wagga Campus to reduce carbon pollution by an estimated 250 tonnes and save more than 7.8 million litres of water each year. The project will also feature the production of internet video case studies promoting the projects to the local community.

Hurstville City Council
Hurstville Aquatic Centre Energy and Water Conservation Strategy
Funding: $566,900
Energy and water consumption is expected to be significantly reduced at Hurstville Aquatic Leisure Centre with installation of a cogeneration plant to generate 35 per cent of the centre’s electricity and recover waste heat to warm the pool. Estimated savings are 660 tonnes of carbon pollution each year. The Council will also install a harvesting system for collecting, storing and treating rainwater for reuse in swimming pools and landscaping. The Council will work with local stakeholders to inform the community and local businesses about the project, and demonstrate its benefits to the 600,000 people visiting the pool each year.

Lake Macquarie City Council
Comfort Zone Calculator and PC Power Saving
Funding: $41,000
Lake Macquarie City Council will install highly efficient HVAC indoor temperature control equipment at the Council’s Administration Building and Charlestown Library. Each year, this equipment will result in energy savings of an estimated 100,000 kilowatt hours and reduce carbon pollution by 106 tonnes. The Council will use an interactive foyer display, newsletters and internal communications to inform staff and the 70,000 public visiting the Council’s Administration Building each year.

Lismore City Council
The CBD GREENovation Project
Funding: $245,439
Lismore City Council’s CBD GREENovation Project will create a demonstration of water and energy saving actions in five key public buildings in Lismore Central Business District. The Lismore Library, Adult Community Education Centre, Lismore Neighbourhood Centre, and Council’s CBD Customer Centre will undergo a combination of green renovations including an energy efficient lighting retrofit and the installation of solar hot water, insulation, solar voltaic systems, rainwater tanks and timers. The project will be complemented by an interactive and relocatable educational display to communicate ways to save water and energy at home or in business. The project will result in direct savings of an estimated 69,000 litres of water and 45 tonnes of carbon pollution a year.

Northmead Public School
Outdoor Classroom
Funding: $19,000
Northmead Public School community will install a rainwater harvesting system to save more than 343,000 litres of water a year. The system will become part of a new outdoor hands-on learning experience for students and demonstrate simple ways to minimise water use.

Robertson Bowling Club Ltd
Club Robertson Environment Enhancement Project
Funding: $172,000
Robertson Bowling Club, near Wollongong, will install an artificial bowling surface to achieve water savings of 917,000 litres a year. The project will negate the need for chemicals in irrigation processes and the club’s members will benefit from new improved playing surfaces. The club will also upgrade to dual flush toilets, and install four new rainwater tanks and waterless woks to significantly slash its water use. The club will undertake a range of communication activities to raise awareness about the water efficient initiatives being installed to the club’s members, local schools and business groups.

Rous County Council
5 Star Water Aware Centre Project
Funding: $63,000
Rous County Council will work with childcare centres and four regional councils to implement a major water conservation project and save more than 1.2 million litres of water a year. Building on the results of an existing Water Aware Centre Program, the project will create demonstration centres in four council areas by upgrading and installing water tanks and other water efficient appliances and fixtures in seven childcare centres. A range of education materials will be developed and delivered to the local community to promote the project and simple ways to minimise water consumption.

Scout Association of Australia, NSW branch
Sustainable Scout Sites
Funding: $1,082,840
The NSW branch of the Scout Association of Australia will save more than 17 million litres of water a year as part of a major upgrade of taps and toilets at 120 scout halls and activity centres across NSW. The association will also reduce carbon pollution at the halls by more than 97 tonnes a year by upgrading to new hot water systems with energy efficient heat pump technology. With 20,000 members and volunteers in the NSW branch alone, the association will actively educate the community in the local area about the project through a comprehensive education program. This includes training group leaders, venturers and rovers in the Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies and utilising a “Scouting for Saving” Save Water & Energy Action Pack. The association will also host quiz nights and deliver workshops to many community groups around project locations, while community groups using the scout facilities will be regularly exposed to messages highlighting the benefits of the project through signage, websites, media activity, signage and artwork.

Sydney West Area Health Service
Greening of Sydney West Area Health Service Phase 2
Funding: $1.56 million
Sydney West Area Health Service will embark on the second phase of a major energy efficiency upgrade at its facilities in Western Sydney, primarly at Westmead Hospital and Lithgow Hospital. Both hospitals will benefit from the installation of two main chillers, reconfiguration of chilled water reticulation and more energy efficient lighting and controls. The project will complement previous upgrades at Lithgow Hospital which involve the use wind, solar and geothermal energy sources. The new energy upgrade will help save more than 5333 megawatt hours of energy and almost 6300 tonnes of carbon pollution a year. The health service will implement a widespread communication and education strategy to raise awareness of the energy project amongst staff, patients and the local community.

TAFE NSW – Hunter Institute
Using Solar Desiccant Cooling to Reduce HVAC C02 Emissions
Funding: $480,310
TAFE NSW – Hunter Institute’s Hamilton campus will showcase the latest in energy savings technologies to the local community through a massive overhaul of their energy use. The tourism and hospitality training facility, with more than 4000 students annually, will undertake a solar project to power air conditioning and hot water systems, significantly slashing energy consumption and saving 537 tonnes of carbon pollution a year.

TAFE NSW – New England Institute
Armidale Electricity Refurbishment and Replacement Savings Program
Funding: $190,000
TAFE NSW – New England Institute will undertake a major upgrade of electrical fittings at its New England Campus, including the installation of sensors and timers to better control lighting and air conditioning systems. The project will help the TAFE save 185,000 kilowatt hours of energy and 196 tonnes of carbon pollution a year. The TAFE will promote the project and its benefits through the Sustainable Living Expo, as well as various activities involving the 2,500 students studying at the TAFE each year. Activities will include open days, courses and trade evenings with local contractors and wholesalers.

TAFE NSW – Sydney Institute
Unique Solar Recycled Rainwater System for Greenskills
Funding: $79,470
TAFE NSW – Sydney Institute will adopt a range of simple and efficient technologies at Enmore Design Centre to slash water consumption significantly and demonstrate ways to save energy and water to students and the general public. This will include installing rainwater tanks for watering the college’s grounds and an adjacent community park to save 430,000 litres of water a year. The project will also include the installation of innovative solar security lights, a solar run water pump and realtime data loggers.

TAFE NSW – Western Institute
Sustainability Trades Education Centre
Funding: $247,500
TAFE NSW – Western Institute will build and launch an educational facility for teaching tradespeople, the general community and an estimated 800 students about renewable energies, water efficiencies and low energy building design. The multi-purpose building will provide hands-on demonstration of efficient building practices through passive design features, water harvesting for toilets and gardening, solar hot water and photovoltaic panels. The building phase will actively involve students and incorporate a monitoring process to educate building users. Industry partnerships included as part of the project will ensure tradespeople have the required skills to promote these technologies across Western NSW. The project is expected to directly save 223,000 litres of water, 16,000 kilowatt hours of energy and 17 tonnes of carbon pollution each year.

The Factory Community Centre
Water and Energy Saving Project
Funding: $399,295
The Factory Community Centre in Waterloo in Sydney will introduce and implement a number of energy and water saving measures to save 112,000 litres of water a year and 8 tonnes of greenhouse gases. The widely used community centre in the heart of Waterloo will upgrade existing toilets and install roof insulation, ceiling fans, new light fittings, a rainwater tank and solar panels as part of the Factory’s ongoing commitment to sustainability. The project will become a platform for educating the wider community about the importance of water and energy saving measures around the home and in the workplace.

Trustees of the Sisters of Mercy Diocese of Bathurst
Living With Water & Sun: Community Learning To Manage Energy For Life
Funding: $205,205
The Rahamim Ecological Learning Centre in Bathurst will undertake a water harvesting project to capture rainwater for irrigating the grounds and gardens at the heritage building. The new tanks will help save 885,000 litres of water a year. The project also includes the installation of ceiling insulation, solar hot water and a photovoltaic system to save 14 megawatt hours of energy and 15 tonnes of carbon pollution a year. The project will be promoted to people accessing the building and the wider community through a number of communications tools including brochures, events, newsletters, workshops and practical demonstrations.

Young High School
School Grounds Improvements
Funding: $21,500
Young High School will save 4.5 million litres of water a year by installing a 123,000 litre rainwater tank to supply water to gardens and grassed areas at the school. The project will also include a program to help raise awareness of water conservation amongst students and reduce the school’s current water use by up to 60 per cent. The project will be promoted through newsletters and signage to the 630 students and 65 staff at the school.

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