THE Australian National Field Days is 90 per cent self-sufficient after the installation of $55,000 worth of solar panels.
Field days committee president Robert Armstrong said after about four of five years the project would be cost neutral.
He said the best part about the investment was that visitors to the field days would get a live demonstration on how the technology could work for them.
“Anyone from farmers to industry to the household can see how it works,” he said.
The panels will be hooked up to data logs so visitors can see for themselves how much energy is generated and how much is used.
Mr Armstrong said the field days committee had a responsibility to showcase the best in alternative energy as well as use it. He expects the installation to save the group between $7000 and $10,000 per year.
The system was supplied by Hybrid Power Systems.
“The people who installed the panels will be there to give a demonstration and a history so people can get the data and work out for themselves if it will work for them,” Mr Armstrong said.