The 177kW solar project will provide the Cowboys Leagues Club with savings on its electricity costs of more than 10% and will be creating 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 will be 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 will provide the Cowboys Leagues Club with real time data about its total electricity use, solar generation, grid use and cost analysis.

Cowboys Leagues Club Chair 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 – in this instance providing  24 covered, shaded, power-generating onsite carparks – and the Smart Connected Solar project will also create local jobs, investing members money back into Townsville and 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, as well as making commercial sense.” 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.