City of Melbourne sustainability drive focuses on LEDs, solar
Football club scores with solar
In 2015, the City of Melbourne undertook a $30 million program of clean energy initiatives to help it reach its goal of zero net emissions by 2020.
North Melbourne Football Club is one of the world's oldest sporting clubs. This project is a great example of how an iconic sporting club can work with government to reduce carbon emissions, promote clean energy jobs, and help the environment.Cr Arron WoodCity of Melbourne
The CEFC provided the finance for the program of works which included a rooftop solar rollout, upgrades to streetlights, and finance for the Sustainable Melbourne Fund (SMF) to fund Environmental Upgrade Agreements. The finance was fully repaid in October 2019.
The program helped the City of Melbourne fast-track a rooftop solar rollout which introduced a further 314 kW of rooftop solar on Council and community facilities. The solar installations included 200 kW of rooftop generating capacity on the Arden Street headquarters of the North Melbourne Football Club, and the adjoining North Melbourne Recreation Centre.
As well as the solar program, the City of Melbourne used the CEFC finance to accelerate the upgrade of over 12,000 streetlights to energy efficient LEDs. Public lighting accounts for nearly half of the City of Melbourne's energy use, with the City expecting to save about $1 million annually on its electricity bills through the upgrades. The combined carbon emissions abatement from the solar and lighting programs was estimated to be the equivalent of taking almost 2,800 cars off Melbourne's roads.
The CEFC finance included $10 million for the Sustainable Melbourne Fund (SMF) to finance Environmental Upgrade Agreements, targeting rooftop solar and lighting projects across 30 councils in Victoria. It also provided $4.4 million for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at childcare centres, libraries, swimming pools, community centres, car parks and other facilities identified as part of the Council's five-year Emissions Reduction Plan.
The City of Melbourne includes 16 inner city suburbs covering 37.7 square kilometres and is the central precinct for Greater Melbourne. The council is working collaboratively to reduce carbon emissions across the municipality by focusing on council operations, commercial buildings and industry, residential buildings, stationary energy supply, transport and freight, and waste management.