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In 2016, Sydney Harbour YHA installed a 30kW photovoltaic solar system to help power the hostel, 50% bankrolled by the Sustainable Hostels Fund. The solar panels saved almost four tonnes of carbon emissions within a month of being switched on in October. Railway Square YHA followed suit in 2017, installing a 62kW solar PV system and a solar-boosted hot water system.
The Sustainable Hostels Fund has helped install solar hot water systems at Adelaide Central, Byron Bay, Cairns Central, Glebe Point, Pittwater, Grampians Eco Lodge and Melbourne Metro, as well as solar power in sun-baked Alice Springs (2012) and Perth (2014), reducing Perth City YHA’s carbon emissions by more than 40 tonnes a year.