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  • OBJECTIVE

    Increase local renewable energy production and reduce running costs at Council's buildings.

  • IMPACT

    Medium

    Since July 2021, the majority of Council's buildings and facilities are powered by 100% renewable energy. Solar PV and battery systems reduce power bills and produce and store renewable energy on-site.

Description

Council has been installing solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on our public buildings and facilities since 2012.

To date, solar PV systems (and in some cases solar batteries) have been installed on 21 public buildings and facilities across the shire. A number of these systems have been installed in collaboration with community groups.

Collectively these solar PV systems have over 190kW capacity.

Council's buildings and facilities now produce close to zero emissions from electricity consumption, via our Power Purchase Agreement with Red Energy. Reducing reliance on grid-delivered electricity, even when generated from renewable sources, is still important. Solar PV systems are a viable and cost-effective way for us to produce local renewable energy, reduce electricity costs, and increase resilience in our energy network.

Solar projects are prioritised on a broad range of considerations, including access to funding, return on investment (ROI), energy usage patterns, planning overlays, structural and roofing condition, and alignment with wider community and sustainability objectives.

Tasks

What's left to do?

  • Todo30/06/2024

    Undertake an inventory of electricity production of Council's solar PV systems

    This will help improve Council's understanding of the solar PV systems on our buildings and facilities, by collecting and analysing energy data to get a complete view of our energy profile.

What are we doing?

  • Todo30/06/2024

    The Pines, Beechworth - install a 30kW ground-mounted solar PV system

    Council plans to install a ground-mounted 30kW solar PV system at the rear of 'The Pines', Council's Beechworth offices. The project aim is to generate and provide on-site renewable electricitiy to the building, which is Council's highest consumer of electricity.

    The project planning phase has involved:

    A Heritage Victoria permit application was lodged on 18/05/23.

    Council was required to advertise the proposal on 30/06/23 in the Ovens & Murray Advertiser, and erect an A2 colour sign at the entrance to Mayday Hills on 30/06/23, for a period of 14 days. No public submissions were made during the advertising period.

    Council's Heritage Victoria permit was approved on the 30/08/2023.

    The project will be tendered and works completed by 30/06/24.

    The Pines Beechworth solar

    Heritage Victoria_Public Notice_Mayday Hills_30 June 2023

  • Todo30/06/2024

    Chiltern Athenaeum - install a 5.18kW solar PV system

    Solar PV_Chiltern Athenaeum_2023

    SYSTEM: 5.18 kW Sunpower System (14 Panels + Micro Inverters)

    INSTALLER: Greg Owen (Period Building Conservation)

    COST: $12,750

    WARRANTY: 14 x Sunpower Performance 3 (370W) (25 yr warranty) / 14 x Sunpower P3 IQ7A Enphase (25 yr warranty on parts, 10 yr on labour)

    PROJECT BACKGROUND: During the completion of the upgrade works at the Chiltern Athenaeum, Council secured a grant from Sustainability Victoria to install solar PV system on the roof.

    The panels have been installed but aren't connected and working until the electrical upgrades occur, as part of the Athenaeum's restoration works.

  • Todo30/06/2035

    Install solar PV systems and battery storage on all new buildings and major renovations (where applicable)

    This is an on-going action for staff involved in scoping and managing new building construction and major renovations and restorations. This aligns with Council's Climate Emergency Declaration and Net Zero by 2035 target for Council's emissions.

What has been done?

  • Done07/08/2023

    Yackandandah Community Centre - install 13.26 kW solar PV + 16.56 kWh battery system

    Solar PV_Yackandandah Community Centre_Aug 2023

    SYSTEM: 13.26 kW solar PV and 16.56 kWh battery system

    INSTALLER: Solar Integrity

    COST: $32,013

    WARRANTY: 15yr product (25 yr performance) Trina Solar Vertex Solar Panels S TSM-390DE09.08; 5yr+5yr / Fronius Symo GEN24 10.0 Plus 100000W Inverter / 10 yr BYD Battery-Box Premium HVM /5yr Installer warranty

    PROJECT BACKGROUND: This recently completed project is a community-driven and funded project, that involved the installation of a 13.26 kW solar PV + 16.56 kWh battery storage system at Yackandandah Community Centre. The project included replacing a smaller 6.1kW solar PV system installed in 2013.

    The project was an initiative of Totally Renewable Yackandandah(TRY) and Yackandandah Community Centre Inc, with funding from Emergency Recovery Victoria (ERV) via the Local Community Grants program.

    This initiative will deliver additional solar capacity and battery storage to the building, which will help reduce the centre’s electricity bills as well as cut Council’s Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions.

    The project is part of an emergency-readiness initiative being rolled out across Yackandandah.

    Planning Permit: PP22-0289

    Solar PV_Inverter and Battery_Yackandandah Community Centre_Aug 2023

  • Done05/07/2023

    Tangambalanga Lions Den - install an 8.88kW solar PV + 13.8 kWh battery system

    Solar PV and battery_Tangambalanga Lions Den_4

    SYSTEM: 8.88kW Trina Solar system and 13.8kWh BYD Battery - Box

    INSTALLER: Solar Integrity

    COST: $25,848 + GST

    WARRANTY: 21 x 415w Trina Vertex S Solar Panels TSM-415NEG9.28, (25 yr Warranty) / Fronius SYMO GEN24 8.0 Plus Inverter, (5 + 5 yr warranty) / BYD Battery-Box Premium HVM 13.8kWh (10yr warranty) / Installer warranty - 5 yrs.

    PROJECT BACKGROUND: This project was jointly funded by Council and the Victorian Government through a $11,353 grant received from Sustainability Victoria, via their Community Climate Change and Energy Action grants program.

    Kiewa Tangam Lions Club

    Solar PV and battery_Tangambalanga Lions Den_7

    Solar PV and battery_Tangambalanga Lions Den_6

  • Done01/05/2023

    Chiltern Hub - install a 25kW solar PV system

    Solar PV system_Chiltern Hub_October 2023

    SYSTEM: 2 x 12.5kW solar PV systems. Sungrow 10kW Inverter, 50 x Trina 500W panels.

    INSTALLER: Energy Aware

    COST: $45,000

    WARRANTY: Panels - 10 Year Product Warranty, 25 Year Linear Performance, Inverter - 10 Year Product Warranty, Roof mounting system - 10 Year Product Warranty, 5 Year Finish.

    PROJECT BACKGROUND: Two 12.5 kW systems have been installed on the building, and metered in two sections:

    1. Library (Council managed)
    2. Kindergarten/ Childcare (tenant is managed by North East Regional Pre School Association - NERPSA)

  • Done17/04/2023

    Rutherglen Gold Battery - install a 3.08kW solar PV

    Rutherglen gold battery_Solar

    SYSTEM: 3.08 kW (7 Panels + Micro Inverters)

    INSTALLER:

    COST: $7,833.80

    WARRANTY: 7 x Jinko Tiger Neo 440W panels (unspecified warranty); Fronius Primo inverter 3.5-1 3.5 kW (10 year warranty); installation warranty (10 year)

    PROJECT BACKGROUND: This project was funded through the Community Sustainability Grants Program (2022/23) and delivered by the Rutherglen Gold Battery Committee.

    Rutherglen Gold Battery CSG Program - Inverter

  • Done13/04/2023

    Stanley Soldiers Memorial Hall - Install a 6.24kW solar PV system

    Stanley hall solar 2

    SYSTEM: 6.24kW solar PV system

    INSTALLER: Solar Integrity

    COST: $7,188

    WARRANTY: 16 x Trina Solar Vertex S TSM-390DE09.08 (390W) / Fronius 5kW inverter (5+5yr warranty) / installation 5yrs

    PROJECT BACKGROUND: This project was funded through Council's Community Sustainability Grants Program (2021/2022).

    Stanley hall solar 1

  • Done24/03/2023

    Beechworth Gang Plate Layers Cottage - install a 6.64kW solar PV system

    Beechworth Gang Plate Layers Cottage solar_2023

    SYSTEM: 6.64kW solar PV system

    INSTALLER: Parker Electrical

    COST: $7,724 + GST

    WARRANTY: Jinko Solar Panels (16 x415w JKM415N-54HL4-V - 12 year product warranty / Fronius 5kW Primo Plus inverter (5+5yr warranty) / installation (warranty ongoing from Parker Electrical).

    PROJECT BACKGROUND: This collaborative project was originally funded through Council's Community Sustainability Grants Program (2021/2022). Council later provided additional funds to expand the size of the system and upgrade the inverter technology to ensure it was battery ready in the event that future funding is secured.

  • Done20/05/2021

    Beechworth Railway Station - install a 4.2kW solar PV system

    SYSTEM: 4.2 kW (12 panel) solar PV system

    INSTALLER: Solar Integrity

    COST: $8,424

    WARRANTY: LG Neon panels (25yr warranty) / Fronius Symo 5.0-3-M Inverter (5 + 5 year warranty) / 5yr installation warranty

    PROJECT BACKGROUND: This is a leased building, with funding provided by Council's Community Sustainability Grants Program (2019/2020) and Council's capital works budget, as the building's electricity account was being shared at the time between Council and the Beechworth Food Co-op.

    Beechworth Railway Station PV system

  • Done01/04/2021

    Beechworth Senior Citizens Centre - install a 4.2kW solar PV system

    Bwth Snr Citz solar photo

    SYSTEM: 4.2kW solar PV system

    INSTALLER: Sunrise Power Solutions

    COST: $6,951 + GST

    WARRANTY: Q.PEAK DUO – G6+ 350w Panels (25yr warranty) / SolarEdge inverter (12yr warranty) / SolarEdge Optimisers / Installation warranty 5 yrs

    PROJECT BACKGROUND: This project was Council funded.

  • Done24/02/2021

    Rutherglen Senior Citizens Centre - install a 4.42kW solar PV + 13kWh battery system

    solar  rutherglen snr citz

    SYSTEM: 4.42kW solar PV system + 13.2kWh Tesla Powerwall 2 Battery

    INSTALLER: Solar - Sunrise Power Solutions, Battery - Solar Integrity

    COST: Solar - $6,451 + GST, Battery - $ 14,409 + GST

    WARRANTY: Solar - Q.PEAK DUO – G6+ 350w Panels (25yr warranty) / SolarEdge inverter (12yr warranty) / SolarEdge Optimisers / Installation warranty 5yrs, Tesla Battery - 10yr

    PROJECT BACKGROUND:

    The solar PV system was funded by Council in early 2021. The solar battery was installed in October 2021, and was an initiative of Totally Renewable Indigo North (TRIN). TRIN obtained funding via the Australian Government's Stronger Communities Program, administered through the office of MP Helen Haines, Federal Member for Indi.

    battery rutherglen snr citz

    MP Helen Haines and Frank McLoughlan (TRIN charir) inspecting the new battery installed at the Rutherglen Senior Citizens (Dec 2021).

  • Done01/09/2019

    Yackandandah Public Hall - install a 10.98kW solar PV + 26kWh battery system

    Solar on Yackandandah Town Hall

    SYSTEM: 10.98kW Solar PV system (36 x 305W Trina panels), 2x 13kWh Battery storage system

    INSTALLER: Solar Integrity

    COST: 2019 - Approx $33,000, 2022 - additional battery $10,454

    WARRANTY:

    2019 - 10yr Trina Honey Plus Solar Panels-TSM-305DD05A(II) Solar Panels Product warranty, 2 x Fronius Primo 5.0-1 Inverter 10yr warranty 1 x Selectronic SPMC481-AU Inverter/Charger for Battery 10 yr warranty, 1 x 13kWhr LG Chem RESU13 10yr limited warranty.

    2022 - additional battery, 13kwhr LG Chem RESU13 10yr limited warranty

    PROJECT BACKGROUND: This was a community-funded installation in partnership with the committee of management, Totally Renewable Yackandandah (TRY), and Council. The first stage was installed in 2019, with additional battery storage installed in 2022.

    Yack public hall battery

  • Done01/07/2019

    Rutherglen Memorial Hall/Library - install a 15.18kW solar PV system

    Rutherglen Memorial Hall Library_Solar PV system_June 2020

    SYSTEM: 15.18kW solar PV system

    INSTALLER: Solar Integrity

    COST: $14,998

    WARRANTY: QPEAK DUO - GS Panels (25yr warranty) / Fronius Symo 15kW inverter (5yr warranty) / installation (10yr warranty)

    PROJECT BACKGROUND: This was a Council funded installation. The inverter is situated in the meter room in the joining Hall/ The system has a monitoring attached with a wifi booster.

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  • Done31/03/2019

    Beechworth Transfer Station - install a 3.1kW solar PV and battery system (stand alone)

    Beechworth Transfer Station_solar_2019

    SYSTEM: 3.1 kW solar PV with 9.6kWh battery

    INSTALLER: Solar Integrity

    COST: $21,949

    WARRANTY: 10 x 310w Hanwha Q CELLS Q.PEAK-G4.1 Solar Panels (12 yr Product Warranty & 25 Yr Output Warranty) / Fronius Primo 5.0-1 Solar Inverter (10 Yr Warranty) / 1 x Selectronic 5Kw SPMC481 Battery Inverter/Charger (10 Yr Warranty) 9.6Kwh of usable battery power using / 3 x 4kwh PowerPlus ECO4840P Rack Mount Batteries in an 8 Module Battery Cabinet. (10 Yr Limited Warranty) / 5 yr installer warranty

    PROJECT BACKGROUND: Council funded off grid project to improve service delivery and staff comfort at the Transfer station. The project was seen as a viable option as the existing site office didn't have power and amenity. The 100% renewable stand alone system allowed significantly improved on site services.

  • Done30/11/2018

    Beechworth Memorial Hall and Library - install a 24.6kW solar PV + 16kWh battery system

    Beechworth Memorial Hall and Library solar

    SYSTEM:

    Library

    • Stage 1 - 4.5kW AC Zen Solar PV System (June 2016 - meter no# 4728205 NMI# 36050078059) / Enphase Micro Inverters / Installer Zen Energy Systems (contractor Next Generation Solar) /with enphase monitoring system
    • Stage 2 - 11.52kW DC LG Solar PV System (36 LG 320w panels)
    • Sonnen Battery Installation (April 2018+) - Zen Home Energy, stage 1 - 12kWh, Next Generation Solar, stage 2 - 4kWh

    Hall

    • 9.6kW DC LG Solar System (30 x 320w LG Panels) / Fronius Symo 15kW Inverter (November 2018) / Installer Solar integrity

    INSTALLER: Zen Energy Systems (solar) / Solar Integrity (solar) / Next Generation Solar (battery)

    COST:

    Library

    • Stage 1 Solar - 18x250W Zen panels 10x215-60-230-s22-E enphase micro inverters - $6,352
    • Stage 2 Solar - installation + pre-purchased LG panels $6,576
    • Battery - $14,999 ($12,000 - Victorian Government grant, $3,000 Council), Stage 2 - $4,400

    Hall - $11,090

    Total - $28,418

    WARRANTY:

    Library Stage 1 - Zen solar panel system (10yrs), enphase micro inverters (15yrs).

    Library/Hall - Stage 2 - LG 320w panels- 25yr product and performance, Fronius Inverters - standard 5yr with free 5yr extension out to 10yr total if installed pre-2019. Chiko Panel Mounting framework- 10yr product warranty. Installation- 10yr installer warranty (tin roof)

    Library Sonnen Battery - 5yr installer warranty, and a 10yr Sonnen product warranty

    PROJECT BACKGROUND:

    Implementation of renewable energy and battery storage systems evolved over multiple stages as external (state funding - battery) and internal funding became available. They included 9.6kW (Hall) and 15kW (Library) solar PV systems, and 16kWh of battery storage for the library. This site is sub-metered and hosts two NMI's (Hall & Library). The Sonnen battery allows high quality monitoring functionality, and the modular units are housed in a purpose built room in the mezzanine projector room located above the foyer.

    Battery Storage 2

    sonnen monitoring example

  • Done30/09/2017

    Burke Museum, Beechworth - install a 16.67kW solar PV system

    Burke Museum solar_2017

    SYSTEM: 16.677 kW solar system with monitoring (battery ready)

    INSTALLER Eco Power & Lighting

    COST $34,952

    WARRANTY 51 X E20 327w Sunpower panels (25yr warranty), Solar Edge SE 27.6 K inverter (12yr warranty) Installer warranty 5 yrs

    PROJECT BACKGROUND: The council funded project used high quality components to reflect the high value heritage nature of the site. The design was informed by available roof space, avoiding known areas that may require renewal in the near future. When any additional roofing replacement is completed additional solar may be considered on the roof with heritage approval.

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  • Done01/06/2017

    Yackandandah Swimming Pool - install a 4.6kW solar PV system

    SYSTEM: 14 x Sunpower 327w Panels, 10kW Solar Edge Inverter

    INSTALLER: Eco Power & Lighting

    COST: $7,265

    WARRANTY: 25 years (panels), 10 years (inverter), 5 years (installation)

    PROJECT BACKGROUND: This was a pilot project to address rising costs and additional charges for solar heating installation. Support for overarching Totally Renewable Yackandandah (TRY)/AusNet objectives and potential micro grid implementation. There is potential to expand the system in the future.

    Note: Additional power load for pump for solar heating installed 2017/2018.

    Upgrade of solar system for additional capacity: $900+$560 (not yet implemented)

  • Done30/06/2016

    Yackandandah Shire Office/Library Building - install a 25kW solar PV system

    SYSTEM: 25 kW Solar PV & micro inverter system.

    INSTALLER: Zen Home Energy

    COST:

    Stage 1 - $25,953

    Stage 2 - $20,716

    WARRANTY Micro inverter 25 yrs, Parts and Labour 10 yrs

    PROJECT BACKGROUND Installed in 2 stages (15 kW - June 2015 on the front flatter section of the building, 10kW - June 2016 on the western facing roof). Ongoing problems with solar system, installation, and monitoring. Independent reporting (Dec 2017) of the system promoted installer to return to site to address issues. Monitoring of onsite energy consumption now primarily through UBI connection.

    western installation

    panels on the flat section of roof

    panels on the flat section of roof

  • Done01/06/2014

    Chiltern Depot - install a 2.16kW solar PV system

    SYSTEM: 2.16kW solar PV system, 5 kW SMA inverter

    INSTALLER: Anything Solar (Solar Integrity)

    COST: $4,985

    WARRANTY: 270W LG panels - 20yrs, SMA inverter - 5yrs, installation - 3yrs

    PROJECT BACKGROUND: Council-funded solar installation on the Depot staff room.

  • Done01/12/2013

    Yackandandah Depot - install a 4.42kW solar PV system

    SYSTEM: Panels, 5kW SMA inverter

    INSTALLER: Anything Solar (Solar Integrity)

    COST: $8,633

    WARRANTY: 26oW LG Panels - 10yrs, SMA 5000TL Inverter - 5yrs, Installation - 3yrs

    PROJECT BACKGROUND: Council funded solar installation on the staffroom building.

    solar PV 1

  • Done31/08/2012

    Baarmutha Park Function Centre, Beechworth - install a 4.18kW solar PV system

    Baarmutha Park Beechworth solar

    SYSTEM: Zen Home Energy Black Panel Systems

    INSTALLER: Zen Home Energy

    COST: $11,090

    WARRANTY: 22 x Panels - 10yrs, SMA Invertor - 5 yrs

    PROJECT BACKGROUND:

    This was a Solar North East (SNE) community project. The SNE project was a 2 year partnership between 7 north-east Victorian councils - Indigo, Alpine, Benalla, Mansfield, Towong, Wangaratta and Wodonga. The project was made possible by funding of almost $500,000 from Sustainability Victoria and in-kind support by the participating councils of over $200,000.

    The project was directly responsible for encouraging residents to install nearly 400 solar power systems across the region;

    • Total installed power of almost 1,200 kW
    • Accounting for over 16% of the total solar generating capacity installed over the project area
    • Total annual energy generation of 1,840 MWh
    • Offset approximately 2,650 tonne of CO2-e
    Baarmutha Park Beechworth solar

  • Done31/08/2012

    Kiewa Bowls Club - install a 4.94kW solar PV system

    SYSTEM: Zen Home Energy Black Panel Systems

    INSTALLER: Zen Home Energy

    COST: $12,908

    WARRANTY: 24 x Panels - 10yrs, SMA Invertor - 5 yrs

    PROJECT BACKGROUND: This was a ISC 'Solar North East' community project.

    This solar installation was part of the regional 'Solar North East (SNE)' project. The SNE project was a 2 year partnership between seven north-east Victorian councils - Alpine, Benalla, Indigo, Mansfield, Towong, Wangaratta and Wodonga. The project was made possible by funding of almost $500,000 from Sustainability Victoria and in-kind support by the participating councils of over $200,000.

    The project was directly responsible for encouraging residents to install nearly 400 solar power systems across the region;

    • Total installed power of almost 1,200 kW
    • Accounting for over 16% of the total solar generating capacity installed over the project area
    • Total annual energy generation of 1,840 MWh
    • Offset approximately 2,650 tonne of CO2-e
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  • Done31/07/2012

    Wahgunyah School of Arts - install a 4.56kW solar PV system

    SYSTEM: Zen Home Energy Black Panel Systems

    INSTALLER: Zen Home Energy

    COST: $12,000

    WARRANTY: 24 x Panels - 10 yrs, SMA Invertor - 5 yrs

    PROJECT BACKGROUND:

    This was a Solar North East (SNE) community project. The SNE project was a 2 year partnership between 7 north-east Victorian councils - Indigo, Alpine, Benalla, Mansfield, Towong, Wangaratta and Wodonga. This installation was a collaboration between council and the Committee of management who paid for additional panels to be added to the original 3kW proposal.

    The project was made possible by funding of almost $500,000 from Sustainability Victoria and in-kind support by the participating councils of over $200,000.

    Wahgunyah school of arts

Summary and contacts

Timeline

01/01/2012 → Continuous30/06/2035

Target audience

Responsible organisations

  • Assets & Property
    Manages Council's buildings, including maintenance and upgrades.
  • Capital Works & Waste
    Provides technical advice and project management. Considers solar PV and battery storage in the scoping phase for new buildings and major renovations.
  • Environment & Sustainability
    Provides technical advice and project management, pursues external funding, and identifies priorities through carbon accounting (Trellis).
  • Indicative costs

    [Council to insert cost of proposed solar PV systems]

  • Indicative savings

    Operational savings through reduced reliance on purchased electricity.

Information updated 12/03/2024

How this action contributes to the outcome