This article was originally published at Climate Action Moreland.
Moreland City Council has just installed an extra 100kW of solar PV panels - 390 new panels in all - on the Coburg Civic Centre roof. This adds to the existing 9kW system that was already functioning.
These panels will meet 30 per cent of the building's energy needs, as well as saving 160 tonnes of greenhouse gases every year, with an estimated saving of $23,000 from Council's electricity bill each year,
Read more at MEFL: Coburg Town Hall gets solar-powered.
We think this is great news. Keep up the good work City of Moreland in transitioning to zero net emissions.
You’ve never seen Moreland like this before… We’ve been busy installing 390 high-quality solar panels here at the Coburg Town Hall. We thought you’d want to see what a saving of $23,000 looks like, so we sent in a drone to capture it all on film. To learn more about our commitment to energy efficiency projects, visit http://bit.ly/1D041e6.Posted by Moreland City Council on Wednesday, March 25, 2015
It is not only our Council that has been going solar, another item from the MEFL newsletter uses figures from the Clean Energy Regulator to show that at the end of February 2015:
- 3,961 solar power systems had been installed in Moreland with a capacity of 10,708 kW
- 414 solar power systems (1,622 kW) have been installed the 2014-15 financial year
- 86 households have installed solar (244 kW) through the current bulk-buy coordinated by MEFL's Positive Charge initiative
- On average, householders in Moreland have installed 3.9 kW solar power systems
|Suburb||Total Dwellings||Dwellings installed||Percent||Installed capacity|
|Fawkner 3060||4520||328 (246)||7.3% (5.4%)||940kW (571kW)|
|Hadfield, Glenroy and Oak Park 3046||11482||811 (635)||7.10% (5.5%)||2167kW (1391kW)|
|Coburg 3058||11303||1092 (835)||9.7% (7.4%)||3178kW (1990kW)|
|Pascoe Vale 3044||9127||680 (546)||7.5% (6%)||1716kW (1238kW)|
|Brunswick 3056||7014||504 (389)||7.20% (5.5%)||1264kW (835kW)|
|Brunswick South, Brunswick West 3055||3933||303 (246)||7.70% (6.3%)||756kW (563kW)|
|Moreland LGA||51330 (56139)||4027 (3343)||7.80% (6.1%)||10950kW (7666kW)|
|Municipality||Total Dwellings||Dwellings installed||Percent||Installed capacity|
This graph shows the solar PV monthly aggregate installation across Moreland postcode areas time series:
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There is still a lot of opportunity for take up of solar PV in Moreland. The City of Moreland in their Zero Carbon Evolution plan are aiming for a 22 per cent reduction in community emissions from the municipality, with solar PV on 21,200 homes by 2020 generating 42.4MW contributing a 5.2 per cent reduction as part of the plan.
If you are thinking of doing so, Moreland Energy Foundation (MEFL) offshoot Postive Charge offers a solar PV bulk buy to save when purchasing.
This is one reason why consumer demand for electricity is falling.
But due to the loss of the carbon price from July 2014, utility scale energy production from both black and brown coal is rising. We need action at both state and Federal level to enhance emission standards that will result in the closure of some of our ageing coal fired clinkers like Hazelwood, which is the most polluting and inefficient power station in the industrial word, and produces substantial population health impacts and social costs.