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Sandy Bay Bowls goes solar

SANDY Bay Bowls Club has gone solar in a bid to save money with the flow on effect of helping the environment.

The club, which was established in 1907, has more than 120 full members and some 150 social members, ranging from 18 to 90 years of age.

Sandy Bay Bowls Club president Ian Marshall said the installation of solar panels was something that had been considered for a number of years, but the club deferred installation as the cost was too prohibitive.

However, earlier this year the Hodgman-Liberal Government stepped in with a $16,000 grant to assist the club with installing 40 solar panels to the roof of the clubrooms.

“Our local member Elise Archer and her staff were very helpful at the time we applied for the grant and made the process simple,” Mr Marshall said.

“The installation of the panels will assist the club by reducing our ongoing costs.

“The panels will substantially lower our electricity bill, which is a significant standing expense.”

As a long-time supporter of the Sandy Bay Bowls Club, Ms Archer said she was delighted to assist the club in securing the funding for the solar panels.

“As Minister for Environment, I am also pleased that the installation of solar will not only help the club to save money, but will have benefits for our environment,” she said.

Following a constitutional change last year, the club is now a Lawn Bowls and Community Club.

It caters for bowls and non-bowls functions and is a focal point for members of the local Sandy Bay and Battery Point community.

The club is also used by three local Probus Clubs and local singing and arts groups.

Caption: Local Liberal Member for Clark Elise Archer with Sandy Bay Bowls Club president Ian Marshall.

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