Green light for Bellingen library
BELLINGEN Shire's new library got the Greenpower light from councillors on Tuesday.
Presented with a report outlining proposals for the installation of photovoltaic cells to power the building, the council was unanimous in its support for a system that would feed excess electricity back into the grid.
In his report to the council , building and services manager Bob Malone said having the photovoltaic cells installed on the roof of the new library would be a visible statement the council was doing something to address its greenhouse gas emissions.
Cr Child was however puzzled as to why the estimated cost of the system (between $35,000 and $37,000) had not been included in the original costings.
The general manager, Mike Colreavy, said the costing had not been included because at the time grant funding was being applied for.
"The grant was unsuccessful but there are sufficient voted funds to cover this," Mr Colreavy said.
Other energy-saving intitiatives in the new building include sun louvres, deep overhangs, wind turbines, roof and floor insulation.