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Melbourne Showgrounds ‘greener than ever’ after 400-panel solar power installation.

In the lead up to the 2014 Royal Melbourne Show, the organisation responsible for presenting the large-scale event, the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), has taken significant steps to lower its environmental impact, installing 400 solar panels to power the administration building located at Melbourne Showgrounds.

The system, large enough to power 28 homes, will cut the RASV’s administration power costs by 40% and reduce the carbon footprint by 172 tonnes per year.

The decision to install solar panels was made after a completed energy audit, assisted by VECCI’s Sustainability Group in early 2013, recommended the action based on the organisation’s predominant use of electricity during daylight hours.

“This important investment is just one of a number of exciting initiatives and enhancements that RASV is working on to help develop a greener venue for the Royal Melbourne Show and major events at Melbourne Showgrounds,” said Mark O’Sullivan, CEO, RASV.

“The installation of the solar panels, will not only help reduce our carbon footprint, but will reduce electricity costs, so we can channel those savings into continually enhancing the facilities and better serving the communities we work with.”

As Melbourne’s largest and most versatile indoor/outdoor venue, Melbourne Showgrounds is not only home to Victoria’s largest annual community event, the Royal Melbourne Show from Saturday 20 September to Wednesday 1 October this year, but also hosts over 800 events, meetings, seminars and exams annually, with that number set to increase in years to come.

Mr O’Sullivan said the solar panel installation was completed this week, with the panels active from today.

“Now we just need a bit of sunshine, but we are confident of a very bright future.”

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For further information or to arrange a photo opportunity please contact:
RASV Communications Manager Mikaila Gaskell on 03 9281 7436/0428 798 486