Council’s biggest buildings go solar

Published on 30 January 2019

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Mornington Peninsula Shire is continuing to cut carbon emissions by installing solar power on some of the Peninsula’s largest Council-owned buildings.

Stage two of the Shire’s Solar PV Project is due to commence later this month and will see 584 panels installed on Rosebud Library, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery and Pelican Park. Converting these buildings to solar will provide Council annual savings of more than $30,000 and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 250 tonnes every year. 

Stage one has been completed, with Rosebud Municipal Office, Civic Reserve Recreation Centre and Hastings Library going solar in 2018. A total of 822 panels have been installed across the three buildings with a capacity of 250 kW.

Once all stages of the Rooftop Solar PV Rollout are complete, approximately 707 kW or 2,440 panels will be installed on Shire owned and operated buildings. The project is expected to save the Shire more than $132,000 per annum.

The Shire’s carbon emissions from council buildings and facilities will be reduced by an estimated 15% or 1,062 t CO2e per annum.

Shire Mayor Councillor David Gill said the Solar PV project forms part of Council’s commitment to carbon neutrality and will significantly reduce the Shire’s operational energy consumption and electricity bills.

“We’re working towards Carbon Neutrality in Shire operations by 2021 - installing Solar PV panels on a number of Shire buildings is a major step towards achieving this goal.

“As an organisation we’re leading by example and sticking to our commitment to demonstrate leadership in climate change mitigation and adaptation with more than 2,000 solar panels set to be installed by 2020.The Shire is also actioning a series of innovative renewable energy, waste recovery and recycling activities, and assisting local businesses to make environmental upgrades that will reduce the carbon footprint of the entire region”.

Last year Council assisted with installing more than 50kW of solar at local community groups, such as Mount Eliza Cricket Club and Sorrento Community Centre. 

Council adopted its Carbon Neutral Policy in February 2016. It articulates the overall approach to achieving Carbon Neutrality for Shire operations, including time frames that will be implemented to apply for formal accreditation from the federal government under the National Carbon Offset Standard.

To find out more about what the Shire is doing to tackle climate change, visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/climatechange

PICTURE DETAILS: The 99.73 kW solar system installed at Civic Reserve Recreation Centre in Mornington as part of the Shire’s Solar PV Project.