On the road to a more energy efficient future

10 July 2017

Winchelsea is the next stop for the Power Up renewable energy roadshow, with the event to be held in a local building that is embracing energy efficiency.

In a Council initiative, Solar PV panels have been installed on community and civic buildings across the Surf Coast. It includes Winchelsea’s Eastern Reserve which will host the free and interactive Power Up session on Thursday 27 July.

Surf Coast Library, Lorne Visitor Information Centre, Jan Juc Preschool and Council office in Torquay have also received panels as part of the solar project. The solar energy generated will be used on-site at the respective locations, reducing electricity costs for Council and the community.

Councillor David Bell – who is a member of the Renewable Energy Taskforce – was pleased to see solar panels installed on various community facilities.

“As an organisation, Council needs to demonstrate that it’s playing its part in generating renewable energy,” Cr Bell said.

“This project also ties in with the planned microgrid collaboration with Surf Coast Secondary College and Deakin University, which was included in the 2017-18 Budget.

“It all shows that Council is serious about its goal for the Surf Coast region to generate 25% of energy from renewable sources by 2020.”

The solar project and Power Up are part of the joint Council-community Towards Environmental Leadership program. The renewable energy roadshow aims to help community members access reliable and trustworthy information about renewable energy, what Council is doing and how they can get involved at home.

Independent energy expert Positive Charge will feature at Winchelsea to explain how attendees can solar power their lives for less. Positive Charge is coordinating a solar bulk-buy program on behalf of Council and will also provide advice about becoming more energy efficient.

“This is the perfect opportunity for people who live and work in the Surf Coast to talk to the Positive Charge team about whether solar is the right option for them,” Cr Bell said.

Power Up will be held in the Member’s Room at Eastern Reserve from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday 27 July. More information is available at www.surfcoast.vic.gov.au/powerup or by calling 5261 0600.