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Island welcomes dawn of Solar Suburb Info Centre

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22 February 2008

With the Magnetic Island Solar Suburb transformation quickly gaining momentum, Ergon Energy is set to open an information centre opposite the Nelly Bay Ferry Terminal to make it easier for people to learn more about the project.

The Solar Suburb transformation is the flagship iniatitive of the Townsville: Queensland Solar City project, which is part of the Australian Government’s leading-edge Solar Cities program.

Ergon Energy's Solar City Community Engagement Manager Julie Heath said the centre opening on Monday would make the project more accessible than ever to people wanting to be part of it.

“Residents, visitors or workers on Magnetic Island will soon be able to pop into the Solar Suburb Info Centre, next to the IGA supermarket, and find out how they can be part of this leading-edge initiative,” Julie said.

“The first step is to register for a free energy assessment of your home or business – and more than 40 per cent of the island already has.

“So the next time you get a ferry, arrive a bit earlier and come visit the Info Centre to register for your free energy assessment or simply find out more about the project,” she said.

The Solar Suburb Info Centre will be open five days a week during normal business hours.

Ergon Energy's Solar Suburb on-island team includes Julie, as well as Team Coordinator Kylie Dodd and Community Energy Advisor Brian Kerr.

Other Ergon Energy people you’ll meet on the island as the project progresses include Solar City Manager Ian Cruickshank and Installation Manager Dean Condon.

Dean’s team, including Michael Eyles, Paul Gjeko and Adrian Goldsworthy will be installing solar photovoltaic (PV) systems – solar panels – on up to 500 homes and businesses across the island.

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