Council is committed to reducing our energy use to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, and to reduce costs.
Energy Reduction Plan
Council adopted the Greater Shepparton City Council Energy Reduction Plan in 2015. The plan sets a target of 20% reduction of Council energy use and cost over 2013/2014 figures by 2020. A number of actions in the plan will help us to reach this target such as large-scale solar generation on Council’s biggest energy consuming buildings; implementing at least 50% of past energy audit recommendations with a payback period of less than 7 years; and changing the way we undertake capital works programs. View the Plan here:
Solar PV Installation program
The installation of solar photo voltaic (solar PV) on Council buildings is one of the actions listed in the Energy Reduction Plan to assist in achieving Council’s target of 20% energy reduction by 2020.
In 2018, a 90kw system was installed at the Welsford Street offices, and a 30kw system was installed at the Shepparton Sports Stadium on Numurkah Rd.
In 2019, a 99kw system was installed at the Doyles Road Complex (Council Depot) and a 56kw system was installed at the Mooroopna Community Hub.
Council is continuing its Solar PV installation program for Council facilities to reduce carbon emissions in 2020. Council is currently in the process of installing a 99kw system at Aquamoves and a 55kw system at the Shepparton Saleyards.
Council regularly conducts energy audits on key energy-using facilities, to assess current use and to target priorities for reducing energy use and costs. Sites audited include Aquamoves, Welsford St Offices/Eastbank/Library, Shepparton Saleyards, Shepparton Sports Stadium, Doyles Road Complex (Council Depot), North Shepparton Community Hub and Council operated childcare centres.
Council has integrated two fully electric Nissan Leaf vehicles into its passenger pool fleet to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and reduce pollution, and is investigating future electric vehicle purchases. These vehicles are primarily charged by electricity generated through solar PV systems installed at the Council offices in Welsford St, and at the Council Depot on Doyles Road. The remainder of Councils passenger pool fleet is composed of fuel efficient, hybrid vehicles that reduce emissions and fuel costs compared to standard passenger vehicles.
Council is a participant in the Charging the Regions project, a Local Government EV Charging Network Study. This project is identifying opportunities for the installation and maintenance of public electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Victoria.
Watts Working Better
The Watts Working Better project was a regional project led by the Greater Shepparton City Council that replaced high-energy using streetlights with low-energy globes. Between 2013 and 2016, over 12,040 streetlights were replaced (3908 in Greater Shepparton), reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 3,555MWh a year and reducing energy costs for local government partners throughout the Goulburn Broken region. For further information on the project, view the final report below, or visit the Watts Working Better page on the Goulburn Broken Greenhouse Alliance website.