While the Batemans Bay Surf Club hosted its first branch carnival in more than six years, club president Colin Knight presented certificates to those involved with the brand new solar panels on the club’s rooftop.
Member for Bega Andrew Constance was at the club in Malua Bay on Sunday alongside two representatives from Micro Energy.
Member for Gilmore Ann Sudmalis and Eurobodalla Shire mayor Liz Innes were also invited, but could not attend.
The club, with the help of the Southcoast Health and Sustainability Alliance (SHASA), received a grant of almost $13,000 to install energy-saving solar panels.
Club president Colin Knight said the solar panels will help save the club money in the future.
They’ll help reduce our greenhouse footprint, and help reduce the running cost of the club,” he said. “It's money we can spend on essential lifesaving equipment.
“Updating and replacing lifesaving equipment is important, whether that be rubber ducks or rescue boards, and we’ll be able to provide a better environment for the members.
“We’re currently looking at between 50 and 75 per cent savings on our energy bills every quarter, so that’s approximately $700-800 which can be redirected.”