Solar Power Generation Systems
Council has undertaken the installation of solar panels on a number of key facilities to offset energy usage costs and reduce its carbon footprint. These sites were carefully chosen after energy usage evaluations and return on investment estimates were conducted.
The installation sites are:
Each of these systems is remotely monitored for ongoing evaluation of their performance.
Council is currently developing an integrated monitoring interface that will allow live access to these systems via its website.
Council staff routinely monitor and evaluate energy usage data for the key facilities that it operates. This allows for targeted energy efficiency improvement programs and works to be undertaken ongoing.
The largest energy using sites are the Kingborough Civic Centre, Kingborough Sports Centre, Kingborough Works Depot and Barretta Waste Management Facility.
Council staff routinely monitor and evaluate fuel usage and efficiency of the different types of vehicles in its light fleet. This is done to inform decision making regarding vehicle make, model and technology choices.
Smarter Fleets Program
Kingborough has been chosen by the Tasmanian Climate Change Office to participate in a 12 month pilot program to improve all aspects of local government fleet management. The program is called the Smarter Fleets Program and it is designed to help council better understand and reduce fleet costs and potential inefficiencies.
Council has one hybrid electric vehicle in its light fleet (Camry) and has been involved in trialling plug in hybrid and full electric vehicles via a feasibility program facilitated by the Tasmanian Climate Change Office.
The peak body for electric vehicles in Tasmania is the Australian Electric Vehicle Association http://www.aeva.asn.au/tasmania