Bass Coast saving with solar

Bass Coast Shire Council has reduced its internally generated greenhouse emissions by 26 per cent over a five year period, with much of this achievement thanks to solar power.

Council has installed solar systems totalling 25kW on various facilities across the municipality, including 12kW at Inverloch Hub, 5kW on the infrastructure building at Wonthaggi Civic Centre, 5kW at Wonthaggi Centennial Centre, 2kW at the Wonthaggi Depot and 4kW on the Cowes Depot.

Other activities undertaken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have included environmental upgrades to the Wonthaggi Civic Centre, such as air-conditioning efficiency upgrades, day-light dimming and sensor installation. Retrofits have also been undertaken in the Inverloch Hub.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Jordan Crugnale, said Council is also considering large scale energy efficiency projects in the development of an emissions reduction target for Council’s internally generated emissions.

“With the current climate Change talks happening in Paris and such powerful and 'last chance, act now' statements coming from our world leaders, we can all do something in our homes, in our streets and as a collective on varied levels and as a Council we have a role to play in leading by example,” Cr Crugnale said.

According to figures from the Clean Energy Regulator, across Bass Coast at the end of October 2015:

  • 3,017 solar power systems were installed with a capacity of 9.339kW

  • 13.2 per cent of dwellings have solar installed

If you’d like more information about saving energy in your home, you can call Positive Charge on (03) 9385 8555 or visit postitivecharge.com.au. They offer free, independent energy advice through their energy helping, as well as monthly e-newsletters.