Solar to Power Sand Bypass System on Gold Coast
A pilot solar-powered, renewable energy system will be used to help power the Gold Coast’s Seaway Sand Bypass System, reducing carbon emissions and driving down operational costs.
Design work is underway on a 100-kilowatt solar photovoltaic array to be installed at the Sand Bypass System at The Spit.
The Sand Bypass System transports 500,000 cubic meters of sand from The Spit to South Stradbroke Island each year, helping to keep the Gold Coast Seaway safe and navigable for recreational and commercial vessels.
The Gold Coast Waterways Authority (GCWA) has awarded the contract to design, install and maintain the pilot solar system to a local company, SAE Group.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said that the project complemented the Palaszczuk Government commitment to renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions.
“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to renewable energy and to its 50 per cent renewable energy target for 2030,” Mr Bailey said. “The Sand Bypass System supports the sustainable operation of our waterways, but it requires a significant amount of energy to ensure the waterways remain accessible and safe.”
‘‘This 100-kilowatt, solar-powered system will produce enough energy to meet the day-time needs of the Sand Bypass System, helping to reduce the annual electricity bill by $24,000,” he added.
GCWA is investing $350,000 in the pilot project. Installation is expected to start in April and be finished by the end of June this year.