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 of 2010 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 Feasibility and Installation program
Council has recently completed a Solar Feasibility Study to investigate and recommend solar generation opportunities across key council buildings. This program will increase renewable energy generation within Council operations, deliver energy and greenhouse gas emission savings, and increase community engagement and awareness regarding local renewable energy generation.
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 currently has a Fleet Vehicle Policy that includes hybrid and low fuel use vehicles, to reduce emissions and costs.
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.