Electricity usage is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions in the Surf Coast Shire and our community is leading the transition towards renewable energy. More than one in five houses in the Surf Coast Shire have installed solar systems and this is growing fast. Our municipality has a higher than average rate of solar uptake, and the highest number of solar installs per capita in the Barwon South West region.
Surf Coast Shire Council is demonstrating leadership in the energy space, having installed solar and battery storage across the shire, invested more than $750,000 to transition our streetlights to the more energy efficient LED type, and through participation in a major local government power purchase agreement that is exploring renewable energy supply options.
We are pleased to be using 100% renewable electricity now via VECO (Victorian Energy Collaboration).
Council has now installed more than 575 kilowatts of solar, and more than 50 kilowatt hours of battery storage to Council facilities across the shire
Solar installed during 2021-2022:
- Torquay Senior Citizens – 25kW
- Winchelsea Senior Citizens – 20kW
- Moriac Community Centre – 10kW
- Anglesea Senior Citizens – 10kW
- Anglesea Kindergarten – 10kW
- Lorne Community Connect – 6kW
- Aireys Inlet Community Hall – 15kW solar + 13.5 kWhs storage
- Ellimatta Reserve, Anglesea – 22kW solar + 16.3 kWhs storage
- Eastern Reserve, Winchelsea – additional 12kW solar + 13.5 kWhs (adding to existing 10kW)
In addition, we installed UBI solar monitoring systems to enhance our monitoring capabilities at all these sites as well as the Civic precinct (Office, KMCC, Grant Pav). We also renewed a system on the Anglesea Visitor Information Centre replacing the old 2kW system to make it a 3.84kW
Solar installed 2019-2020
- Wurdi Baierr Stadium 80kW
- Torquay Depot 70kW
- Winchelsea Depot 35kW
- Anglesea Landfill Solar 15kW
- Civic Office – additional 15kW