Smart, sustainable & shaded

The sun is always shining at Cowboys Leagues Club, and your Club is certainly making the most of it. In December 2018, Cowboys Leagues Club teamed up with Yurika (part of the Energy Queensland Group) to construct Queensland’s first Smart Connected Solar solution. This solution cleverly delivers a brand new shade structure to the middle level car park, with solar panels providing the shade – effectively turning the entire level into undercover parking, while at the same time delivering a more sustainable and greener energy source for the Club’s operations.

The 177kW solar project will provide the Cowboys Leagues Club with savings on its electricity costs of more than 10% and has also created jobs for North Queenslanders.

“We hope the partnership between Yurika and the Cowboys Leagues Club is the first of many not only in North Queensland but right across the state,” Yurika Executive General Manager Charles Rattray said.

“The Yurika designed and engineered solar PV system has been installed using north Queensland contractors and incorporates roof top and car park solar arrays,” Mr Rattray said.

“It really is an example of North Queenslanders teaming up for a great result.”

The Smart Connected Solar solution also includes an energy portal that provides the Club with real time data about its total electricity use, solar generation, grid use and cost analysis.

Cowboys Leagues Club Chairman Daryl Holmes said the project delivered a number of benefits for the community.

“Cowboys Leagues Club is always looking for innovative ways to provide a better experience for our patrons and the Smart Connected Solar project will also support local jobs and invest money back into the North Queensland community,” Dr Holmes said.

“We are serious about reducing the club’s carbon footprint and Yurika has delivered a commercial solution that is also good for the community and the environment.”

The system’s design will allow future installation of batteries, which will also make it possible for the Cowboys Leagues Club to join Yurika’s Virtual Power Plant.

The Club is looking forward to further developing new sustainability measures in its operations in 2019, and has also recently released a brand new “eco-cup” to combat landfill from takeaway coffee cups. By making the most of our fantastic North Queensland climate and striving to protect our incredible environment, your Club is certainly strides ahead in delivering even better facilities to our loyal members.