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Club cuts energy use with chiller and solar upgrade

Chiller and solar saving for Bankstown District Sports Club

One of Australia's largest registered clubs, Bankstown Sports Club in south-western Sydney has taken control of its electricity costs by upgrading equipment with a high energy consumption to more efficient technology and installing solar.

Bankstown Sports Club has more than 65,000 members and over 500 staff. It is a major dining and entertainment hub in Sydney's southwest, 30km from Sydney's CBD, close to Bankstown train station, a bus interchange and major motorways. It features its own movie theatre, a ballroom, a wide variety of restaurants and bars, Monkey Mania play centre and the adjoining Travelodge Hotel, Bankstown.

The club is building the Flinders Centre, a nine-storey office tower which will provide sustainable, A-grade office space for tenants looking to expand into Sydney's western suburbs. To accommodate recent renovations and the addition of the Flinders Centre, Bankstown Sports has upgraded its water chiller system to reduce its environmental impact and running costs.

The club has replaced two of its three water-cooled chillers with a new energy efficient chiller and cooling tower, which has saved them more than five per cent on energy costs and reduced energy usage by about 21 per cent annually. Carbon emissions have been reduced by more than 100 tonnes a year.

The club also installed solar photovoltaic (PV) panels at its associated venue, Baulkham Hills Sports Club. The 85kw solar PV rooftop installation saves around $31,000 annually in energy costs.

To carry out the upgrade and install the solar, the club used $2.2 million in finance from the CEFC and Commonwealth Bank's Energy Efficient Loan product for the project. Learn more about how the CEFC supports asset finance for energy efficient and renewable energy technologies.