Energy and Climate

Climate change is a critical issue of significant changes in global climates. Climate change is a result of the build-up of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane in our atmosphere. This is largely due to our heavy reliance on burning fossil fuels (petrol, gas and coal) for energy use – especially for electricity generation and transport.

Council recognises that we are in a state of climate emergency. Unless we restore a safe climate at emergency speed, there will be dramatic and negative impacts on our community and around the world. We are already seeing more intense and frequent heatwaves, heavy rainfall and flooding, the bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef, extreme fire weather and more bushfires. Our best hope of securing our future is to move into emergency mode.

This is why we have just adopted the Darebin Climate Emergency Plan.

Darebin Climate Emergency Plan

We have now adopted the Darebin Climate Emergency Plan. You can read what Councillors had to say about the plan in the minutes from the Council meeting on Monday 21 August. Download the web version of the final plan or the 8-page summary. You can read about the consultation process on Your Say Darebin.

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Video of the Darebin Climate Forum 2016

Interested in installing solar on your property through our solar programs? Council has set a target to double solar in Darebin over the next five years. Applications are now open for our solar programs (2017 – 2021).

Solar Saver Program

This program has been developed to assist pensioners, people in receipt of a Centrelink benefit, renters, not-for-profit organisations, businesses and homeowners to install solar. Council will pay the cost upfront and the ratepayer pays it off over 10 years through a small additional Special Charge on their quarterly rate payments. Details regarding the size of solar systems and eligibility criteria will be provided to applicants. Note: Solar $aver (Round 3) installation will occur mid to late 2018.

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Solar Bulk Buy Program 

This program offers Darebin households, organisations and businesses an opportunity to purchase a quality solar panel system from a trusted supplier at a great price. Participants pay upfront for their solar system and choose from a range of sizes from 2kW to 10kW or greater. Details regarding the expected installation timeframe will be provided to applicants.

Available warranties cover panels for 20 years and inverters and installation for 10 years.

Please tell us which program you are interested in: Solar $aver or Bulk Buy. Note: Council cannot guarantee you will be accepted into the program of your choice.

A no-obligation quote will be offered if solar is a viable option for your household and/or circumstances. Applicants will receive further details and updates via email or post.

Register your interest now.

If you have any questions email solar@darebin.vic.gov.au or phone 8470 8888.

Solar electricity panels offer a cost effective way to reduce your electricity bill and reduce emissions.

Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems convert light energy from the sun into direct current electricity using solar panels mounted on your roof. The electrical charge is usually transmitted to an inverter and fed into your households electricity needs and the main electricity grid. Inverters convert direct current into an alternating current used by household appliances.

Most electricity distributed in Victoria is generated from brown coal which produces greenhouse gases. Solar energy does not produce greenhouse gases.

If you are interested in getting solar panels, please check out the current solar programs on offer.

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We rely on energy everyday and as energy supplies are limited, we need to conserve our usage wisely.

The Energy Conservation Hierarchy

  • Minimise energy use – use natural light, heating, and cooling where possible. Insulate your home to keep summer heat out and winter heat in and reduce the need for additional heating and cooling  
  • Use energy efficiently – choose efficient lighting such as LED or compact fluorescent globes and appliances with a high Energy Star Rating
  • Use renewable energy – consider installing solar electricity, solar hot water and switching to GreenPower
  • Offset – your remaining emissions

Pooling Our Energy Savings

Users of Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre and Reservoir Leisure Centre might have noticed the regular works being undertaken over the last 2 years. We are excited to announce that the 'Pooling our Energy Savings' energy efficiency upgrades and installation of power generation technologies have now been completed.  

These upgrades are expected to deliver a reduction in operational costs of over $100,000, and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 2000 tonnes per year. That’s the same as taking about 500 cars off the road!  

The energy efficiency upgrades are similar to the energy efficiency measures we can all take at home, although these are on a larger scale!  We installed;

  • Onsite power generation – generating our own electricity for the buildings using natural gas which is cleaner and cheaper than coal-generated electricity from our power grid
  • Draught sealing for gaps around doors and windows
  • Double glazed doors
  • Better insulation
  • Insulated pool blankets
  • LED lighting
  • Higher efficiency air conditioning and heating systems

You can watch our 'Pooling Our Energy Savings' video below and learn more about our installation of power generation technologies and energy efficiency upgrades. 

If you want to learn more about the energy efficiency measures you can take at home, please visit www.sustainablecommunities.vic.gov.au and check our upcoming workshop schedule.

The energy efficiency upgrades and installation of power generation technology received funding from the Australian Government.

Tips for Home Builders and Renovators

All new homes and renovations in Australia are required to achieve a 6 star energy rating. 6 Star homes use less energy and save you money, as well as providing more comfortable homes. The 6 Star Standard is a flexible performance based standard and can be achieved using a variety of energy saving measures. Considering the following measures will help your home or renovation meet the standard:
  • Incorporate north facing windows, blinds, verandas and ceiling fans to help control temperature
  • Install a solar hot water system
  • Choose a gas heater with at least a 4-star energy rating
  • Install or upgrade insulation
Pooling Our Energy Savings