Solar panels will be installed on the roof of Sutherland Courthouse next year as part of a new program aimed at making the state’s judicial buildings energy efficient.


Sutherland will be one of the first courthouses in NSW to be upgraded as part of this statewide solar-energy program.


Sutherland Courthouse will also be fitted with energy-saving LED lighting and motion sensors to switch lights on in non-court areas and save electricity.


While the judicial process is taking place inside the building, solar panels on the roof will be hard at work as well, contributing to a cleaner environment and saving taxpayer money.


Stage 1 of the courthouse solar program involves an overall investment of $1.8 million to install more than 3000 photovoltaic solar panels on 23 courthouses in Sydney and regional NSW.


The projects will help propel the NSW Government toward its commitment to double NSW Government solar energy generation from 55,000 to 126,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) a year by 2024.


Courthouses in Stage 1 will generate an estimated 2,311 MWh of electricity per year and reduce carbon emissions by the equivalent of 360 average residential households.