New solar project delivering energy savings for Bass

The Bass Coast Shire Council is taking charge of their energy bills and helping tackle climate change, thanks to a funding boost from the Victorian Government.

Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio officially opened a new 100kw solar PV system on the Wonthaggi Civic Centre which is set to save the council almost $40,000 a year on energy bills.

The project has been delivered by the Bass Coast Shire Council and received $58,460 in funding from the Victorian Government’s Local Government Energy Saver Program.

The $3.4 million fund supports resource constrained councils across regional Victoria to reduce their energy consumption and operating costs of community facilities.

The program also provides councils with specialist expertise and resources to assess their emissions profile, undertake energy audits and co-fund energy upgrades to areas such as lighting, ventilation, heating and cooling.

The Victorian Government is also supporting Bass Coast Shire Council in their goal to transition the community to zero-net emissions through a $15,000 grant.

This grant will support the expansion of work already started by the coastal community of Phillip Island, which has made a commitment to being carbon neutral by 2030.

The Victorian Government is increasing Victoria’s Renewable Energy Target to 50 per cent by 2030 – putting more clean energy into the grid, increasing investment and driving down energy prices.

Source: Vic Government