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Official Opening of the first ‘Sustainable Living -Energy’ Project

Pauline Murray rsm and Mary Geason rsm cut the ribbon to mark the opening of the first project.


Under sunny skies on August 31, the Sisters of Lockyer Street, Adamstown in Newcastle officially opened and celebrated the first Institute sustainable energy solar and LED lighting project and the first solar micro grid which is the first of many planned across ISMAPNG properties in line with the Energy Objective of the Sustainable Living Policy.


Sally Bradley rsm delivered an inspirational address to the 30 present, a mixture of sisters and operational staff, and then Mary Geason rsm , Central B Community Leader acknowledged the sisters residing at the complex for their patience and good will as they were relocated during the scope of works that included removing old solar panels and a significant amount of roof rectification before the new solar panels could be installed.


Chris Hill delivered the final speech and was pleased to acknowledge and thank the sisters and the large number of people who assisted with the project, particularly Floyd Nangreave and Carmen Waddle from the Institute Property team.


The future planned scope of works will look to install solar on hundreds of sites and will not incur a capital cost for implementation, rather, a power purchasing agreement is in place where the Institute purchases a proportion of its energy at a reduced rate from a financing company while also covering the cost of the installation at a reduced rate from the current energy rate from the existing energy retailer.


Those coordinating have learnt a lot from this first project and will make some necessary changes to the project plan to streamline the process going forward.


Messages to Chris Hill, Environmental Sustainability Project Manager