Investing in our future
During the past few years we’ve invested in a number of renewable energy projects to help reduce our carbon footprint and save money on rising energy costs.
Fourteen of our buildings have been retrofitted with photovoltaic solar panel systems which collectively generate 100,134 kilowatt hours of electricity every year (enough to supply ten South Australian households for a whole year)
Most of this energy is used where the system is installed, but the excess is fed back into the mains grid. This excess is drawn on when we use more energy than the panels are generating, helping to save us money.
The Civic Centre is solar powered
Council’s Civic Centre building has one of the largest systems with 158 panels.
These panels generate almost 10 per cent of our electricity needs on a daily basis, helping us reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 tonnes each year.
As well as solar electricity, we’ve installed a number of solar hot water services on community buildings which save around 11.7 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year.
Find out more about our energy saving projects on individual buildings pdf (15KB).
Incentives for residents
Our Council also supported the Local Government Association’s (LGA) Community Renewable Energy Program in 2010 and 2011 by offering residents and businesses incentives to install solar systems.
Ninety two households took advantage of the offer and combined, these systems will save more than 61 tonnes of CO2-e each year.
Find out how many systems have been installed in your area and the greenhouse gas emissions saved each year. pdf (15KB)