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Mackay is a city of approximately 80,000 residents, located in a warm and sunny tropical environment. Mackay is nicknamed the “Sugar Capital of Australia” because it produces more than a third of Australia’s cane sugar. In fact, the Port of Mackay has the largest bulk export sugar terminal in the world.
GREEN POWER IN MACKAY
Mackay’s famous sugar industry will soon provide another benefit to the community: green power. Mackay Sugar Limited is constructing a $120 million cogeneration plant, which will provide up to a third of Mackay’s power needs by the year 2012. The plant will produce around 35 megawatts of electricity by utilising a waste product of sugar cane – bagasse. Mackay Sugar Chairman of Directors, Eddie Westcott, says the industry has long been using bagasse to run their factories.Every sugar mill in Queensland generates its own electricity, and most mills would generate a surplus that goes out into the grid. At the moment we generate about 8-10 megawatts that go back into the Mackay grid, and when we do our cogeneration project, that will jump up to about 35 megawatts, so that is a quantum leap from our combined mills here,” he says. Up until now, excess bagasse was simply incinerated. The cogeneration plant has been in the planning stage for six years, but has recently been given a kick-start by the Federal Government’s renewable energy targets, which will require electricity users to source 20 percent of their power from renewable energy sources by the year 2020. Source: //qcl.farmonline.com.au/news/state/sugar/general/mackay-sugar-turning-bagasse-into-cash/1638237.aspx?storypage=0#
SOLAR FOR MACKAY HOMES
NQ Solar can help Mackay and North Queensland residents and business with any enquiry into solar electricity. We specialise in photovoltaic grid connect systems and stand-alone solar systems. Grid Connect solar systems are now more affordable than ever, and with generous Government incentives now available, it’s never been easier to cut your family’s carbon footprint, as well as your quarterly power bill. The Solar Credits Scheme provides generous upfront discounts on the installation of solar power, based on the value of Small-scale Technology Certificates. The scheme is NOT means tested, and is available for residential, commercial and investment properties. To find out how you can take advantage of the incentives on offer and begin generating your own clean, green energy, call NQ Solar today! For more information about our solar products, click here.