SAVINGS accrued from 143kW of solar panels at the Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service mean they can now employ an extra nurse.
The installation of solar panels completed in June will save the service more than $50,600 per year, with the system to have paid for itself in less than five years.
Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service finance manager Mathew Baker said the savings would be going straight back into the service.
"WAMS provides a wide range of medical services, GP, and specialist health services to the Walgett community as well as to surrounding areas, so these savings can go straight back into improving our service deliver. It will allow us to put on another nursing staff member.
"The whole system will have paid for itself within five years, saving more than $1.25M over the life of the panels and we are preventing over 100 tonnes of emissions every year."
It will allow us to put on another nursing staff member.Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service finance manager Mathew Baker
The project was facilitated by local not-for-profit renewable energy organisation, Geni.Energy, which seeks to help the northwest region gain from renewable energy.
Geni.Energy director Sally Hunter said it was an "awesome project".
"It's great to be able to help WAMS employ more medical staff, reach their savings goals, and reduce carbon emissions."
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