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 at 17 Council facilities, as well as one small wind turbine, to a total renewables generation capacity of nearly 230 kW. This is planned to exceed 400 kW by the end of 2020. To greatly reduce greenhouse emissions and ongoing electricity costs, Council has also invested more than $750,000 to transition our streetlights to the more energy efficient LED type. Council has the aspiration of sourcing 100% of its operational electricity from renewables and is currently participating in a major local government power purchase agreement that is exploring renewable energy supply options.