ON a dazzling day that was absolutely ideal for solar energy, Keppel Prince general manager Steve Garner joined Richmond Henty Hotel director Peter McIntyre on the roof to have a close-up look at their pride and joy, Portland’s first large-scale commercial application of the sun’s power to generate electricity.
In the last few months, Keppel Prince Engineering has been moving into commercial solar systems to help businesses reduce their electricity bills and CO2 emissions.
According to Mr McIntyre, the results have been dramatic and very positive for his business.
“We are running 24 kW at the moment, which is enough to run our games room comfortably,” Mr McIntyre said.
“Someday we’d like to expand our solar capability and run our bottle shop off that power, too, but that room requires more energy.
“You’ve got to spend money in order to save money.
“We are really pleased with our decision to go solar with Keppel Prince,” Mr McIntyre added.
“Our system not only reduces our electricity consumption, but also gives us network connection savings.
“Solar also helps us to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, which we see as very important.”
Read more in Friday’s Portland Observer.