100% Renewable for community

100% renewable Brimbank community

Switching to all-electric powered machines and 100% renewable energy is not limited to home and businesses.

As Council continues to work to hit our target of zero net emissions by 2040, we want to support everyone to make the shift – including community groups.

Brimbank Community Solar expression of interest

For every solar system installed for homes and businesses through the Brimbank Community Solar Program, one per cent of the system’s value will be donated by the program to a community organisation in the City of Brimbank.  

Up to six free solar systems will be donated to community groups through this initiative.

If your community group and would like to apply to receive free solar panels you can express your interest via Brimbank Community Solar.

Book us to speak at your next event

Want to learn more about how 100% Renewable Brimbank can benefit your community group?

Book a member of our expert team to speak at your next event or meeting.

Simply tell us about your event and how we can help by emailing environment@brimbank.vic.gov.au

What Brimbank Council is doing to go 100% renewable
Electrifying Council-owned buildings

We're electrifying all Council facilities to phase out the use of fossil fuel natural gas and enable greater use of renewable energy.  

Over 1,000 KW of rooftop solar PV has been installed at nearly all of our facilities and have trialled solar battery storage at the Sunshine West Community Centre.

We have adopted an Environmentally Sustainable Design Framework, requiring energy efficient design and sustainable energy as standard for all new Council facilities.

High efficiency LED street lighting

About 11,000 mercury vapour residential street lights have been replaced with high efficiency LED lights.

A further 4000 major road lights are also in the process of being replaced with high efficiency LED lights.

Altogether these projects are saving Council millions dollars over the coming decades and have slashed our street light networks energy demand by more than half.


Electric vehicles and charging stations

We are transitioning Council's fleet of vehicles to electric and other zero emissions vehicles.

Electric vehicle charging stations have been installed at the Sunshine Multi-Deck Carpark and Keilor Operations Centre and a first batch of electric vehicles have been bought. This includes two locally manufactured electric tipper trucks now servicing Council’s parks.

We have also developed a plan to further guide a transition to a zero emissions Council fleet by 2030.

Victorian Energy Collaboration

We've joined VECO, the Victorian Energy Collaboration, Australia’s largest local government sector emissions reduction project.

All Brimbank Council buildings, sports grounds, community venues, leisure centres and street lights are now powered by 100% renewable electricity.

This will save 260,000 tonnes of carbon emissions from entering the atmosphere every year – the same as taking 90,000 cars off the road.

Australia's first zero emissions aquatic centre

The Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre which will open in 2022 will be Australia’s first zero emissions aquatic centre powered by renewable energy.

The key renewable energy and enabling technologies include a four-pipe heat pump system that can provide simultaneous heating and cooling, including water-to-water heat recovery that will provide a whole-of-facility heating for all spaces including pools and showers.

Shifting away from traditional gas boilers used at other aquatic centres, the centre will also install a:

  • 88 kilolitre above ground thermal energy storage system
  • 500 kW of solar PV
  • heat recovery system and
  • direct digital control systems.

Any excess electricity the facility requires will be provided by a 100 per cent renewable energy power purchase agreement.

The Australian Government has committed $1.53 million towards the innovative system, through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency's (ARENA) Advancing Renewables Program.