Solar panels installed at the Shepparton Sports Stadium in 2018
Solar panels installed at the Shepparton Sports Stadium in 2018

Council is committed to reducing our energy use to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, and to reduce costs.

The Role of Energy in Climate Change Mitigation

The largest cause of Climate change is from the burning of fossil fuels (gas, coal, petrol and diesel) for energy, which releases carbon emissions into our atmosphere, trapping heat from the sun, leading to climate variability and gradual overall warming over time.

Climate change mitigation refers to reducing the causes of climate change. Using less energy, and using renewable energy (e.g. solar and wind) instead of fossil fuel energy, reduces the greenhouse gases released into our atmosphere. All carbon emissions are contributing to climate change, so the quicker emissions are reduced, the less impact they have on our climate.

Find out more about climate change adaptation and the Climate Emergency.

Energy management at Council

The use of fossil fuels for energy emits significant amounts of greenhouse gases which contribute to climate change. Energy use also results in direct financial costs to Council, including for the electricity, gas, petrol and diesel used to power buildings and fleet. Reducing energy usage reduces costs, and using renewable energy can be cheaper than using fossil fuel energy, creating a win-win situation.

Council is committed to reducing its energy use to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, converting energy to renewable sources, and reducing costs for ratepayers.

2030 Zero Emissions Target and Plan

Council has developed and adopted a 2030 Zero Emissions Plan for its internal operations and services. This follows the adoption of a 2030 Zero Emissions Target at the March 2020 Ordinary Council Meeting.

The plan outlines the key areas Council will focus on to transition to net zero emissions by the 2030, and the actions it will undertake to reach the target for all its operations and services. The 63 Actions for implementation fall under seven themes - Zero Emission Facilities, Fleet and Plant, Towards Zero Waste to Landfill, Goods and Services, Governance, Our Council and Carbon Sequestration.

100% Renewable Electricity – Victorian Electricity Collaboration (VECO)

Since July 1 2021, Council’s electricity is 100% renewable, thanks to the VECO project, which is a collaboration of 45 councils around Victoria. This eliminates all of Council’s electricity emissions, and reduces electricity costs by approximately 10% annually. This project highlights both the environmental and financial benefits of acting on climate change and reducing emissions.

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

Council has installed over 500kW of solar PV to council facilities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs.

Year Site Solar PV Size
2018 Welsford St Office 90kW
  Shepparton Sports Stadium 30kW
2019 Doyles Road Complex (Depot) 99kW
  Mooroopna Community Hub 56kW
2020 Aquamoves 99kW
  Shepparton Saleyards 55kW
2021 Shepparton Business Centre 30kW
  North Shepparton Community Hub 40kW
2022 Tatura Park 30kW
  Arthur Dickman Children's Centre 25kW
  Nancy Vibert Children's Centre 14kW
  Rodney Neighbourhood Kindergarten 12kW
  GV U3A 6kW

Electric Fleet Vehicles

Council has integrated over 15 fully electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) into its passenger pool fleet, and introduced one fully electric truck to its heavy fleet to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pollution. These vehicles are powered by 100% renewable electricity from onsite solar PV systems, using AC and DC chargers.

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.

Public Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Council has installed two 50kW DC fast charging stations in Shepparton and Mooroopna as part of the Charging the Regions – Stage 2 project. There are two bays located in the Fraser St carpark in Shepparton, and two bays located in the McLennan St median strip carpark in Mooroopna, which are accessible via the Evie payment app. The chargers are powered by renewable electricity, allowing both local and visiting drivers to charge their vehicles emissions-free.

Council has also installed 4 x AC Electric Vehicle chargers at the new Shepparton Art Museum. These chargers are free for all drivers to use.

Energy audits and efficiency upgrades at community facilities

Council received funding through Sustainability Victoria – Community Climate Change and Energy Action program to complete Type 2 energy audits at:

  • Bangerang Cultural Centre
  • Murchison Community Centre
  • Tatura Community House
  • Tatura Ballantyne Centre
  • Toolamba Community Centre

Energy efficiency works were then undertaken in 2023 at the Toolamba, Murchison and Tatura sites, co-funded by Council and Sustainability Victoria through the Community Climate Change and Energy Action (CCCEA) Round 3 program.

Site improvements included:

  • removal of old gas heaters and replacement with energy efficient split-systems
  • installation of energy efficient appliances
  • replacement of gas cooktops and ovens with electric ovens and induction cooking units
  • draught sealing works
  • installation of blinds

These works have reduced carbon emissions while also improving the comfort of the sites for the community.

Cities Power Partnership

Council is a member of the Cities Power Partnership – a network of Australian councils working to support renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable transport and collaboration. Visit the Cities Power Partnership website for more information. 

Energy efficiency – What you can do

Reducing your energy use benefits both your budget and the environment. By using energy efficient appliances and only using the energy you need, you reduce your consumption costs on your energy bills, and your carbon emissions that contribute to climate change.

Visit the links below to learn more about how you can improve your energy efficiency in your home and business. 

Join the clean energy future and make your home all-electric. Use this plan to prepare so that when appliances need replacing, you’re ready to make the switch. Your household could save up to 75%* per year on your bills.

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Renewable Energy

Solar Photo Voltaic (Solar PV)

Powering your home with renewable energy can be an effective way of reducing both your energy costs and carbon emissions.

If you are considering installing solar, visit the Solar Victoria website for Solar PV guides, resources and links to current rebates.