Plans for the Central Goldfields Shire Council to purchase 100 percent of its electricity as renewable energy in the “largest ever emissions reduction project” in the country has been delayed until mid-2021.
One of 48 Victorian councils to join the power purchase agreement (PPA) led by the Darebin City Council, the agreement is to provide council with completely renewable energy for at least seven years, up to a possible 10.
Council officially signed on to the PPA at an ordinary council meeting in July last year, after signing a letter of intent in October 2018 to support the Darebin City Council in developing the plan, and also contributing $4000 for the development of a business case.
Council spends approximately $260,000 on electricity each year across council-owned buildings and street lights and is hopeful the PPA will provide cost savings as well working towards the goals of council’s Sustainability Action Plan.
“The PPA is the largest ever emissions reduction project undertaken by local government in Australia,” Central Goldfields Shire general manager infrastructure and planning Rebecca Stockfeld said.
“Councils who have been participating account for approximately 45 percent of all Victorian council electricity, which would then switch to 100 percent renewable energy.
“The size and scale of this project has not been attempted at a council level before.”
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