Working towards 100% renewable energy and net zero emissions targets

06/01/2020

Solar panels will soon be installed at Kogarah Library in steps being taken by Georges River Council towards achieving 100% of its electricity from renewable sources.

Additionally, lighting at the Ken Rosewall Tennis Courts is to be switched to LED.

Both these energy efficiency and renewable energy projects follow an endorsed Georges River Council Environment Resilience Committee recommendation, and will support Council’s net zero carbon emissions target for 2025.

Georges River Council Mayor Kevin Greene said both projects will use funding from Council’s Revolving Energy Fund (REF), which is designed to encourage and support ongoing energy efficiency and renewable projects across Council.

“The REF also works to reduce operational costs to Council through the implementation of energy related projects,” said Mayor Greene.

“Expected savings based on the project at Kogarah Library are $12,500 per year, and the LED lighting at Ken Rosewall Tennis Courts will save $17,000 per year.

“It’s a forward thinking approach to project funding, as a proportion of the financial savings from each project will be used to repay the REF to be reinvested in future projects.

“These projects are part of the framework to reduce carbon emissions for the long-term and reaffirm Council’s commitment to ensuring that sustainable practices are implemented to reduce energy use” added Mayor Greene.