Council will install 118kW of photovoltaic (solar panel) systems on seven of the most energy intensive facilities across the Shire. This is an initiative under Council’s Toward Zero Emissions program, which aims to achieve carbon neutrality across Council’s operations.
Daylesford Town Hall
Victoria Park Daylesford Community Facility
Greenhouse gas emission reductions from this initiative equate to:
- 200 tonnes
- or 11% of Councils (2014-2015) emissions
- or emissions from 17 households
- or taking 32 cars off the road.
An extensive tender process has paid dividends as Council was able to secure extremely competitive commercial market pricing through bulk purchasing of this equipment. This represents a financial payback of 7.5 years.
The installation will include smart meter monitoring which will allow real time analysis of renewable solar energy generated, compared to overall facility consumption. It will also pinpoint any opportunities to further improve the energy efficiency of each of the sites.
Other projects undertaken under the Toward Zero Emissions program include.
- upgrade to LED streetlights
- bio-diesel for heavy vehicle fleet
- waste to Energy Feasibility Study.
Council has also provided $40,000 to community groups toward energy saving initiatives through the Community Grants program.