Wyndham City Council has committed to becoming carbon neutral for its operational emissions by 2023 and to have transitioned to become a zero-carbon community by 2040. To achieve this Council has made significant improvements of the energy efficiency of our buildings, fleet and equipment and shifting to low or zero carbon energy sources and products. Council has already made substantial impacts by:
- Sourcing 100% of its electricity demand from renewable energy sources, saving 15,000 tonnes of greenhouse gasses a year
- Installing 2.78 of solar PV and 373kWh of battery storage at council buildings, saving over 3,800 tonnes of greenhouse gasses a year and $17.7 million in electricity fees over the 20-year life span of solar panels
- The changeover of over 19,000 streetlights with energy efficient globes, saving over 2,600 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year and Council $13 million in electricity fees over the 20-year lifespan of the new globes
Learn more about the programs and projects that help achieve these outcomes:
Victorian Energy Collaboration (VECO)
Wyndham City Council is leading the way as one of 51 Victorian Councils to form the largest ever emissions reduction projects by local government - Victorian Energy Collaboration (VECO). By using renewable energy, the 51 participating local governments will save a total of 260,000 tonnes of greenhouse emissions. As part of this project Wyndham is sourcing 100% of its electricity demand from renewable energy sources, saving 15,000 tonnes of greenhouse gasses a year.
The project began in July 2021, initiated by the Western Alliance of Greenhouse Action - WAGA and other Victorian greenhouse alliances, to provide the VECO group of Councils with renewable energy generated at wind farms in Victoria. The renewable energy is being used to power council-owned infrastructure, including town halls, sports grounds, community venues, leisure centres and streetlights.
For more information, please visit: Victorian Energy Collaboration (VECO)
The Wyndham Solar City Project and Wyn-R Program
Wyndham Solar City Project has been designed to reduce the energy demands and greenhouse emissions of the municipality’s community buildings through the installation of solar panels and cutting-edge battery technology.
The program began in 2015, with solar PV panels currently installed across 75 Council owned and managed buildings. The focus for the program has primarily been on high use energy sites, community centres, kindergartens and sporting pavilions throughout the Wyndham municipality.
This Large-Scale Solar Project is considered to be one of the largest rollouts of commercial-scale, rooftop solar by local government in Australia. With over 2.78MW of solar PV and 373kWh of battery storage installed to date.
Council has a commitment to continue the rollout of renewable energy systems under the new Wyn-R Program (Reduction, Renewables, Resilience). With an eye to the future, this next phase of capital infrastructure works will focus on the many new Council community buildings being planned and constructed across our municipality.
Lighting the West
Starting in 2014, the original Lighting the West project was a partnership between Wyndham City, Moonee Valley, Maribyrnong and Hobsons Bay to bring sustainable street lighting to the west. Wyndham is continuing this program and has committed to upgrading all inefficient streetlights on council roads.
So far, the changeover of over 19,000 streetlights with energy efficient globes is saving over 2,600 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year and Council $13 million in electricity fees over the 20-year lifespan of the new globes.
Environmental Sustainable Design
Wyndham City’s Environmentally Sustainable Design Framework aims to reduce the environmental impact of our buildings while increase comfort of the buildings. This is done through:
- Improving energy performance
- Reducing water use
- Using renewable energy
- Using environmentally responsible construction techniques
- Improving indoor air quality
Saltwater Community Centre Case Study is a great example of Environmentally Sustainable Design.