Gold Coast Aquatic Centre

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.

Bayside College

Case Study

  • The school required 300 panels to be installed across multiple roofs on campus. As the several buildings varied in construction and structural integrity, the optimum solar installation design had to be created with careful consideration to restrictions.
  • Footing a significant energy bill from the electricity grid, the school was concerned about the payback time for placing a system of such size.
  • Being pressed for time, the school administration was worried that scheduling and logistics in the delivery of the project would affect their commitment to important school activities.
Planet Ark Power’s experienced engineers considered the restrictions around the rooftop installation and adapted the design at very short notice, meeting the promised project timeline.

All aspects of the project from initiation to installation were coordinated in a hassle-free manner by a dedicated business manager, who kept the administration up to date with the project’s progress.

Through an operating lease from Planet Ark Power, the school was able to have a solar system installed on campus at no upfront cost and save money on their energy bills from day 1!

The 99 kW Cranbourne Park Primary School rooftop solar system got its first report card in March 2019.

With the system is performing above expectations, saving the school 48% on their significant energy bill!

It is set to produce 144,379 kWh of energy annually.

This will have a measurable impact on the school’s carbon footprint, offsetting 154 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year, achieving the school’s sustainability goals and teaching students to be eco-conscious and kinder to the planet.


Customer name:

City of Gold Coast | Gold Coast Aquatic Centre


Southport QLD 4215

System size:

312.00 kW

Gold Coast Aquatic Centre

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

Tom Tate, Gold Coast Mayor.