Council welcomes new energy funding

Published on 03 July 2017

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Nillumbik Shire Council’s Sustainability Policy seeks to maximise renewable energy opportunities. Council applied, and has been successful in receiving a grant award of $234,073 from the Victorian Government’s New Energy Jobs Fund (NEJF), for the installation of a 99.96 kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic system on the roof of the Community Bank Stadium in Diamond Creek. 

The system also includes 100 kilowatt hours (kWh) of battery storage capacity, 45kW inverter capacity and an electric vehicle charging station for public use. 

Danielle Green, MP announced the funding award with Nillumbik Shire Council, Mayor, Cr Peter Clarke at the Stadium today. 

The project has a total cost of $442,023 and thanks to the NEJF grant; Council’s has allocated $207,950. 

Cr Peter Clarke said “This grant funding will assist us to deliver on our mitigation targets as outlined in our Climate Change Action Plan 2016-2020. 

“One of these targets is for Council to produce 30 per cent of energy requirements for our buildings through on-site renewable energy sources and reduce grid supplied electricity consumption by 20 per cent from the 2013 levels by 2020 and this system will contribute to that target.” 

Ellis Ward, Diamond Creek, Cr Peter Perkins said “The Community Bank Stadium is not only the hub of sporting activity in the Diamond Creek area, it also functions as an Emergency Relief Centre (ERC) with the capacity to provide short term relief for over 1,000 people. 

“The good news is that in the event of a power outage this new solar photovoltaic system and battery storage will enable the Stadium to function in ‘island mode’ and operate for eight hours.” 

Cr Grant Brooker, Chair of Council’s Environment and Sustainability Committee said, “Council is invested in exploring the option of new, energy efficient technologies and the uptake of solar and new renewable energy options across Council facilities.” 

Work on the installation of the solar photovoltaic system will commence in August 2017 with completion estimated to be August 2018.