Solar energy will allow cyclists to shine bright

A photovoltaic solar energy system that will store electricity to power lights at the new Dubbo Cycle Club facility will become a reality thanks to funding from the NSW Government.

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders announced the club had successfully applied for $78,900 in funding to install a system on the roof of the clubhouse at its recently opened complex in North Dubbo.

“The NSW Government invested $4.3 million to ensure Dubbo Cycle Club has the best complex possible, and I am proud to follow that up with funding that allows the club to install solar panels that will have a number of benefits,” Mr Saunders said.

“Dubbo Cycle Club is the best club in Australia so it makes sense for them to have the best facilities so they can produce the best riders and host the best events.”

Dubbo Cycle Club president Matt Gilbert said the system will help the not-for-profit club minimise its largest cost.

“We spend more on electricity than anything else because we host our weekly events under lights, and when you’re paying for that lighting it becomes quite costly” he said.

“By bringing down our outgoings it means we can reinvest that money into putting on more events and providing more support to our young riders who go away to represent the club.

“It will also go a long way to making Dubbo Cycle Club carbon neutral and will be the cherry on top of the high-class new facility we recently opened.

“We are also looking to have local tradespeople doing the work, which is particularly important at the moment.” Dubbo Cycle Club hopes to have to system installed by the end of the year so it can maximise the solar energy able to be generated through the summer period.

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