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Castlemaine Market Building going solar

Image of the historic Market Building in Castlemaine

Tuesday 6 March 2018

Solar panels will soon be installed on the historic Market Building in Castlemaine as part of Mount Alexander Shire Council’s efforts to reduce operating costs and become carbon neutral by 2025.

The 14.5kW solar photovoltaic system will produce around half of the electricity used by the heritage listed building and save Council about $5,000 each year.

In addition to reducing the shire’s carbon footprint the financial savings will be reinvested into more energy efficiency measures around the shire.

“The Market Building has a large roof area and is occupied nearly every day of the year with our Visitor Information Centre. This makes it an ideal location to benefit from solar panels,” said Rebecca Stockfeld, Acting Director Sustainable Development, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

In summer the Market Building can heat up to 35 degrees inside. Solar power will offset the electricity used to cool the building.

“We recognise the historical value of the Market Building and are taking all precautions to protect its heritage while improving energy efficiency,” said Ms Stockfeld.

Care has been taken with the design to ensure the solar panels will not be visible from street level surrounding the building. The solar panels will be hidden by the parapet along the edge of the roof.

As the building is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register, a permit application to install the solar system was made to Heritage Victoria. Heritage Victoria approved the application with conditions following a formal advertising period that received three public submissions.

Council has installed solar panels on a number of buildings with heritage value including the Castlemaine Town Hall and Civic Centre. The system on the Civic Centre is a similar size to the Market Building system and is reliably producing more than 20,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year; more than enough to power three average homes.


Image: Solar panels will be installed on the historic Market Building in March.


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