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Gold Coast Aquatic Centre

Efficient energy production at low cost for a jewel of the Gold Coast

Operated by the Gold Coast City Council, the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre is a world-class swimming, diving and recreation venue. The Council’s annual electricity expenditure has nearly doubled in the past decade, and like any other large sporting facility the aquatic centre faces considerable power bills.

As a key site for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, the aquatic centre needed a solution to ensure the huge scale of the power system worked seamlessly, operated efficiently and at low cost.

Gold Coast Aquatic Centre Commonwealth Games 2018

Case details

Client name:
City of Gold Coast | Gold Coast Aquatic Centre
Southport QLD 4215

The Gold Coast Aquatic Centre faces considerable power bills. Large, consistent energy is required for heating, pumps and filtration across all its pools, and for the large air-conditioning system required for its office blocks and gymnasium.

Planet Ark Power won the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre project in a competitive tender. The Planet Ark Power solution in advance of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, comprising:

  • 320 KW of rooftop solar + 300 KWh of batteries (batteries are scheduled to be installed in late 2018).
  • To manage the energy production and distribution, 9 x dSTATCOM units, Elevare control software and 10 x Schneider Electric inverters are used to control voltage and allow energy export.
  • Anticipated to generated 463,000 kWh, to mitigate against cost of future energy price rises and reduce peak power usage charges currently experienced.

The installation at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre will save $100,000 in annual costs and has the potential to generate income from energy export. The project is cash flow positive from the outset.

As the project generate significant commercial rooftop solar, Gold Coast Aquatic Centres saves approximately 435 tonnes of carbon emissions per year (the equivalent of taking 4,200 cars off the road!).


An annual reduction in energy costs of over $100,000

Tom Tate, Gold Coast Mayor