Wyndham City is improving energy efficiency across Council buildings, parks and open space with lighting upgrades, installing solar and incorporating Environmental Sustainable Design in the planning of new buildings.
Large Scale Solar Project
The large Scale Solar project will see more than 2 MW of solar PV capacity installed across Council’s major buildings in the 15/16 and 16/17 financial years. The project will reduce Council’s annual energy bill by more than $390,000 and reduce greenhouse gasses by 2072 tonnes a year.
The project is tracking along well, with over 400 KWs installed so far across Wyndham Vale Community Learning Centre, Arndell Park Community Centre, Youth Resource Centre and Central Park. In 16/17 you will see even larger systems delivered at sites such as the Civic Centre, Aquapulse and Encore.
Open Space Lighting Upgrades
The first stage of lighting upgrades at Wyndham City’s parks and open spaces were complete in early 2016. Energy efficient retrofit and upgrades occurred at 33 sites; this will save $13,821 and reduce greenhouse gases by 48 tonnes per year. The second stage of lighting upgrades will start late-2016, this will upgrade 39 Council sites, reducing 246 tonnes of greenhouses gases and saving $61,083 per year.
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.
As part of the project, more than 26,000 80-watt mercury vapour street lights were changed to energy efficient technology across the municipalities. Across the four Councils, this will result in a reduction of 129,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions and an estimated $24 million saving over the 20-year lifespan of the bulbs.
The enhanced quality and reliability of street lighting has a number of social benefits, including improved community safety. The original Lighting the West project received $2.47 million in federal funding for Wyndham, Moonee Valley and Hobsons Bay and $1.5 million for Maribyrnong.
Wyndham City Council continued Lighting the West in 2017/18 with the installation of 1000 LEDs, saving 540 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year and a total of $3 million in savings over their 20-year lifespan.
Wyndham has now committed to upgrading all inefficient street lights on council roads by 2021. This includes replacing a further 6,000 inefficient lights with LEDs over a three-year period, beginning in November 2018. By replacing these lights, over 2,600 tonnes of greenhouse gases will be avoided per year and save $13 million 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.