Member for Nudgee Ms Leanne Linard MP visited Hendra Police Station to congratulate Organisational Capability Command Assistant Commissioner Allan McCarthy and the Queensland Police Service (QPS) on the Electricity Optimisation Project (EOP) and the installation of solar power into QPS facilities across the state.
The 2015/16 financial year saw the QPS spend $13.5 million on electricity to power facilities and keep regional and rural stations air-conditioned. Based on current trends, this cost is predicted to increase to $20 million by 2020.
Assistant Commissioner McCarthy said the EOP had identified potential savings of up to $1M a year by implementing a range of efficiency and cost saving initiatives.
“Not only is the project delivering significant costs savings to the Service, but it also reduces carbon emissions, represents socially responsible investment, and aligns with Queensland Government priorities of becoming a greener state,” Assistant Commissioner McCarthy said.
“The project is a prime example of how championing the great ideas of staff can lead to real benefits and improvements to the Service.”
The EOP started in December 2016 with the goals of reducing electricity related costs and improving energy efficiencies across the Service so funding could be spent on other areas, including frontline policing.
The program will install solar panels in over 40 police stations which is forecast to produce approximately 25 per cent of the electricity required to run each station.
The EOP is multi-faceted and includes battery storage, tariff optimisation, power factor correction, upgrading systems, addressing air-conditioner temperature behaviours and installing energy efficient lighting solutions.
The anticipated return on investment for the solar panels is just over four years, while the lighting upgrade return on investment is approximately two years.