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  18 Aug 2020


St John NT going green in Alice Springs

Well recognised for its paramedics and volunteers in green, St John NT is also taking a green approach to its energy consumption with the installation of solar power at its Alice Springs facilities.

Working with Territory company, Eco Sparks, St John NT has installed 255 solar panels on the roof of its Volunteer and Training Centre in Alice Springs.

The power generated at the site will support both the Training Centre and the neighbouring Ambulance Station and reduce the annual power bill to almost a quarter of the current cost.

St John NT CEO Judith Barker was excited to see the Volunteer and Training Centre reach its next stage of development.

“This Centre was established to provide crucial first aid training and an emergency service resource to the people of Central Australia. To think that we are now also adopting an environmentally friendly approach through solar energy is fantastic.”

The St John NT Volunteer and Training Centre was completed in September 2018 and includes three training halls, conference facilities as well as offices, a retail outlet for first aid sales and stores.

“Ideally we would like to see solar power incorporated into all of our facilities across the Territory, as a self-funded charity, any cost savings will help support our 400 volunteers, first aid and Community Education programs.

“Investing in solar power in Alice Springs will provide us with cost savings in the years to come, while playing our part for the environment and caring for Territorians,” Ms Barker said.

Eco Sparks completed the installation of the panels on Friday, environmental benefits of the solar system come primarily from avoided power plant emissions.

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