Solar panels donation to save museum money

SAVING: Ceduna School House Museum chairperson and treasurer Allan Lowe at the museum this month as the new solar panels were being installed. Picture: Luca Cetta
SAVING: Ceduna School House Museum chairperson and treasurer Allan Lowe at the museum this month as the new solar panels were being installed. Picture: Luca Cetta

After receiving funding from the Ceduna Foreshore Hotel Motel, solar panels were installed at the Ceduna School House Museum this month.

The move was designed to help the museum with electricity costs, after a sponsorship application was put in to the hotel board.

Museum chairperson and treasurer Allan Lowe said for the amount of time the lights were on, costs were expensive.

"We are getting charged $300 a quarter when our lights are only on for two hours a day, so it was getting expensive," he said.

"Having solar panels means we should save a few hundred dollars a quarter and it is a big help for the museum.

"Not often somebody comes along with an offer like this and any help the museum can get is appreciated."

Hotel board member Craig Irvine said they donated $5000 towards the purchase and installation of solar panels.

He said other local community groups, such as the Ceduna RSL sub-branch and Ceduna Blues Sports Club, had also received assistance from the hotel through the installation of solar panels at their clubrooms.

"We don't want to see it go if they can't afford to pay power bills, so this way the museum can cut down on costs and maybe make some money," he said.

"We wanted to help a local group in town, we have helped others and thought solar panels was the way to go.

"It is a bit of infrastructure, it helps save some money which can go somewhere else."

Mr Lowe said about 1500 people came through the museum per year and that they enjoyed a big spike after Christmas thanks to the closure of Eyre Highway, although experienced a quieter February and start to March.

He said the next project for the museum was to build a shed for a natural history display, and money raised at the museum would go towards that plan.