Local community groups are reducing their energy bills in Mildura

Six local community facilities have the potential to reduce their energy bills and 135 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions by more than $26,000 each year through a partnership with the Mildura Rural City Council and the Government of Victoria.

A combination of renewable energy and energy audit projects was recently completed under the partnership, which was funded by Sustainability Victoria’s Community Climate Change and Energy Action Programme. The six projects included:

Mildura and Workers bowling clubs

Photovoltaic solar installation

Mildura Football Netball Club

Photovoltaic solar installation

DeGaris Kindergarten

Level 2 energy audit

Oyen kindergarten

Level 2 energy audit

preschool underbool

Level 2 energy audit

Murrayville Preschool

Level 2 energy audit

Councilor Jodi Reynolds said solar photovoltaic systems at the Mildura Function Center at the Mildura Football Netball Club and Mildura and Mildura Workers Bowls Club facilities are now operational.

“These two projects alone will reduce nearly 100 tonnes of carbon emissions per year and will pay for themselves in about three years due to the resulting electricity savings,” said Cr Reynolds.

Mildura Football Netball Club chairman Nathan Seward said electricity savings from the solar photovoltaic system installed at his club’s function center would benefit local players.

“We expect to save about $10,000 a year in electricity costs, which we can redirect to the development of our football and netball players, which is a great result,” Seward said.

“The energy audits of De Garis Nursery School and Ouyen, Underbool and Murrayville Nursery Schools also identified areas where energy savings could be made, which could collectively reduce carbon emissions by approximately 36 tonnes while reducing their electricity bills by thousands of dollars every year,” said Cr Reynolds.

Sustainability Victoria’s Community Climate Change and Energy Action Program supports community groups in Victoria by funding improvements to community facilities. These upgrades aim to reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions through a series of supported measures, including energy efficient technologies and renewable energy.

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