Installation of solar panels has commenced on the heritage listed IEU headquarters, the Briscoe Building on Wattle Street in Ultimo. The IEU Executive commissioned this work in line with the union’s environment policy.
The IEU has been investigating the financial and environmental outcomes of solar power for Wattle Street, and the benefits became clear: with 54 per cent of the building’s energy requirements to be covered by solar power, an estimated energy bill saving in excess of $15,000 per year is predicted.
Along with a carbon abatement potential of 67,000 kilograms carbon dioxide annually, the decision presented itself unequivocally.
A pre-site inspection has occurred and work is to be complete by 30 June this year.
There will be 170 panels installed on the heritage building’s refurbished roof which will take advantage of as much surface space as possible.