The hardworking volunteers from Moruya Surf Lifesaving Club, together with contractor Clay Stafford, installed the first of the renewable energy systems on the north facing wall of the club house on the last weekend in June 2008. The new Photovoltaic Cells with a 2KW capacity that are now providing energy for the club is the first stage of the installation project. Solar Hot Water systems are on their way as is a wind turbine to boost the energy supply. Moruya Surf Club representative Mike Hallahan is thrilled that installation has begun. “It’s great that the Surf Club will be able to reduce its energy bills and the money saved can be used for much needed things such as equipment to support our Life Savers, Nippers and members” he says.
The entire project has been spearheaded by a joint collaboration of local climate action group Clean Energy for Eternity and Lifesaving Australia (through the local branch . A swim paddle event held on the Moruya River in May saw over 100 hundred competitors brave the cool water and raise money for the Lifesaving Energy Project by gaining sponsorship from the wider community. Local businesses have also been very supportive. “It is becoming very apparent that the general population want to do all they can to reduce our impact on Climate Change.” Local co-ordinator for Clean Energy for Eternity Gabriele Harding says. “By seeing public buildings install renewable energy systems shows leadership and forward thinking at a local level.”
A date is yet to be set for the official opening of the new renewable systems.