Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Campdraft Goes Renewable; New Hope Grant Enables the Purchase of Solar Panel System

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Campdraft Goes Renewable; New Hope Grant Enables the Purchase of Solar Panel System

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THE Brymaroo Rodeo and Campdraft is going renewable with a new solar panel system made possible by a grant from coal company New Hope Group's Community Investment Fund.

The system is on track to be installed in time for the annual Easter Saturday Brymaroo Rodeo which regularly attracts 2,000 spectators.

Committee member Cathy Wood said the solar panel system would go towards powering the rodeo's facilities, located about 12km from the New Acland Mine, and help to provide additional electricity for the influx of competitors during events.

"As our rodeo and campdraft have grown in popularity, our committee has been working hard to continually improve our grounds and facilities," Ms Wood said.

"During a competition weekend our grounds are full of trucks, caravans and campervans so we have to supply quite a lot of power to accommodate everyone's electrical needs.

"The solar panels will support us in meeting demand during competitions and hopefully offset our electricity bills as we sell excess power back to the grid outside of competition times. …

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