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Caslte Hill RSL - Clean energy project saves Castle Hill RSL $200,000 a year

11-Sep-2013 12:19 | Anonymous

Clean energy project saves Castle Hill RSL $200,000 a year

A new tri-generation plant launched today at the Castle Hill RSL in Sydney's north-west is set to deliver huge cost savings to the club, enabling it to invest even more in the local community.

Supported by $495,400 in Federal Labor funding, the tri-gen system will capture waste heat and turn it into heating, cooling and surplus electricity, saving on energy costs and cutting carbon pollution.

Powered almost entirely by cleaner electricity generated on site, the Castle Hill RSL will see cost savings of $200,000 each year and will cut its emissions by half – equivalent to taking 268 cars off the road each year or planting 12,000 new trees.

“The Castle Hill RSL is dedicated to supporting its local community and the energy savings achieved from this project will enable the club to deliver even more,” Senator Doug Cameron said at the launch.

“It shows how the carbon price is funding practical clean energy projects that have financial and environmental benefits.  By charging large polluters, we then use that money to help households, businesses and communities to use energy in smarter, cleaner ways. By comparison, the Coalition’s Direct Action policy will cost households $1200 each to pay polluters to reduce their emissions.”

Castle Hill RSL’s $1 million project is a joint commitment between the club and the Federal Labor Government through the Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP). 

CEEP is a demonstration program providing $112 million in grants to local councils and community organisations to adopt practices that increase the energy efficiency of       community use-buildings, such as sports centres, town halls and libraries. 

“Castle Hill RSL - ‘Your Green Club’ - is committed to sustainable business practices and protecting our environment for current and future generations,” said Warren Glenny,   President, Castle Hill RSL Group.  

“Sustainable initiatives are integrated into our whole of business approach therefore the CEEP grant presented the opportunity to assist with the upfront purchase of the tri-generation system which will achieve longer term energy efficiency outcomes, improving our return on investment and overall responsibility to members, the broader community and our environment."

The RSL Club will redirect the money from its energy savings back into the community.  It directly supports over 20 sporting and other clubs, and provides significant assistance to numerous local charitable organisations.

The Castle Hill RSL Club is one of 170 successful recipients under the program.  More information on CEEP funding recipients and their projects is available at: ee.ret.gov.au/energy-efficiency/grants.

 

Melanie Morson

Group Marketing Manager Castle Hill RSL Group

Phone: 88584818 or 0419 461 454

Email: morsonm@castlehillrsl.com.au
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