Byron Bay Solar Power
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Byron Bay in New South Wales, Australia attracts many tourists yearly with its sandy beaches and amazing wildlife. The beachside town has benefited tremendously from renewable energy projects that have been introduced in the past few years. These renewable energy initiatives have helped residents and businesses in the area to lessen their dependence to traditional sources of electricity and cut down on their energy expenses.
This year, the sound system of Byron Bay Bluesfest was powered by solar panels. The 1.2 kilowatt solar power system is called the Sunflower. Its panels were arranged to resemble that of a power petal. The project was initiated by the Southern Cross University technicians and students who used the latest in digital audio amplification as well as a lithium battery bank.
According to Dr. Barry Hill, Contemporary Music course coordinator at Southern Cross University, the project aims to show that sustainable design principles can be promoted within the Australian music industry, aside from promoting best practice in renewable energy and energy-efficient audio-visual technology. This is not the first time that Bluesfest has initiated a green project. From 2007 to 2012, it has bagged the “Greener Festival Award” for the conservation and sustainability efforts of its organizers to showcase that the festival can reduce its impact on the environment.
Another Byron Bay solar project in the area is the installation of solar panels to reduce the dependence of Byron Bay YHA Backpackers Hostel. The centrally located hostel situated just 400 meters away from the beach took advantage of free solar quotes Byron Bay to put solar panels inside its place. Byron Bay solar rebates are also pushing more businesses to follow Byron Bay YHA Backpackers Hotel and instil solar panels in their buildings and take advantage of the generous amount of sun that the beach side town receives.
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