Powering Ahead - Solar PV Project

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POWERING AHEAD - Coffs Harbour City Council's Solar PV Project, wil begin installation on 30 September and is expected to complete mid-2020. It encompasses 16 Council owned sites in Coffs Harbour LGA which are being transitioned to Solar Power to reduce Council's  per annum corporate emissions (tonnes CO2-e) from 2010 levels by 50% by 2025.

Coffs Harbour City Council's Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Project, 'Powering Ahead' began installation at the beginning of October 2019. Due to COVID-19 there were delays to the projects. As of November 2022 construction has been completed for all systems and they are all creating renewable energy.

The initiative involves 16 Council sites in the Coffs Harbour local government area to meet the organisation's ambitious 100% renewable renewable by 2030.
We are currently waiting on certification from the Clean Energy Regulator, Federal Government.

Background

In September 2013, Council adopted a Climate Change Policy which acknowledges the reality of climate change and its impact on both the current and future way of life for the whole Coffs Harbour community and our natural and built environment.

In March 2021 Council adopted a Renewable Energy and Emissions Reduction Plan (REERP 2021) in order to meet the following targets:

Reduce its per annum corporate emissions (tonnes CO2-e)
from 2019/2020 levels by 50% by 2025
and 100% by 2030/31.

Renewable energy target
50% by 2025
and 100% by 2030.

The REERP 2021 – includes a new framework for implementing, monitoring and reporting on renewable energy and emissions. The REERP 2021 provides council with clear pathways to achieve our goals of 100% renewable energy and Net Zero emissions by 2030/31.

What we have completed?

As part of the initiative we have completed an upgrade of street lighting to LED lights and installed solar PV systems at 16 Council sites including local libraries, holiday parks, Works Depot. As well as larger facilities such as the three (Coffs Harbour, Karangi & Woolgoogla) Water Reclamation Plants and Karangi Dam.

The first 11 solar PV installations on Council sites were commissioned in 2020. This doubled Coffs Harbour City Council's solar generating capacity even before the largest sites in the project come online. These sites include:

  • Woolgoolga Library - 10kw
  • Woolgoolga Beach Holiday Park - 18kW
  • Council's Woolgoolga Works Depot - 5kW
  • Sawtell Beach Holiday Park - 20kW
  • Toormina Library - 10kW
  • Cavanbah Centre - 20kw solar system + 5Kw Battery
  • Office Block A, Coffs Harbour Community village - 10kW
  • Park Beach Holiday Park - 65kW
  • Coffs Harbour Works Depot - 50kW
  • Coffs Harbour War Memorial Pool - 75kW
  • Coffs Harbour Regional Airport - 150kW

Installations practically completed in 2022:

  • Coffs Harbour Water Reclamation Plant West - 130kW
  • Coffs Harbour Water Reclamation Plant East - 750kW
  • Karangi Dam - 90kW
  • Karangi Water Treatment Plant - 500kW
  • Woolgoolga Water Reclamation Plant - 250kW

We will keep you updated as we progresses through this exciting and ambitious project.


Coffs Harbour City Council's Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Project, 'Powering Ahead' began installation at the beginning of October 2019. Due to COVID-19 there were delays to the projects. As of November 2022 construction has been completed for all systems and they are all creating renewable energy.

The initiative involves 16 Council sites in the Coffs Harbour local government area to meet the organisation's ambitious 100% renewable renewable by 2030.
We are currently waiting on certification from the Clean Energy Regulator, Federal Government.

Background

In September 2013, Council adopted a Climate Change Policy which acknowledges the reality of climate change and its impact on both the current and future way of life for the whole Coffs Harbour community and our natural and built environment.

In March 2021 Council adopted a Renewable Energy and Emissions Reduction Plan (REERP 2021) in order to meet the following targets:

Reduce its per annum corporate emissions (tonnes CO2-e)
from 2019/2020 levels by 50% by 2025
and 100% by 2030/31.

Renewable energy target
50% by 2025
and 100% by 2030.

The REERP 2021 – includes a new framework for implementing, monitoring and reporting on renewable energy and emissions. The REERP 2021 provides council with clear pathways to achieve our goals of 100% renewable energy and Net Zero emissions by 2030/31.

What we have completed?

As part of the initiative we have completed an upgrade of street lighting to LED lights and installed solar PV systems at 16 Council sites including local libraries, holiday parks, Works Depot. As well as larger facilities such as the three (Coffs Harbour, Karangi & Woolgoogla) Water Reclamation Plants and Karangi Dam.

The first 11 solar PV installations on Council sites were commissioned in 2020. This doubled Coffs Harbour City Council's solar generating capacity even before the largest sites in the project come online. These sites include:

  • Woolgoolga Library - 10kw
  • Woolgoolga Beach Holiday Park - 18kW
  • Council's Woolgoolga Works Depot - 5kW
  • Sawtell Beach Holiday Park - 20kW
  • Toormina Library - 10kW
  • Cavanbah Centre - 20kw solar system + 5Kw Battery
  • Office Block A, Coffs Harbour Community village - 10kW
  • Park Beach Holiday Park - 65kW
  • Coffs Harbour Works Depot - 50kW
  • Coffs Harbour War Memorial Pool - 75kW
  • Coffs Harbour Regional Airport - 150kW

Installations practically completed in 2022:

  • Coffs Harbour Water Reclamation Plant West - 130kW
  • Coffs Harbour Water Reclamation Plant East - 750kW
  • Karangi Dam - 90kW
  • Karangi Water Treatment Plant - 500kW
  • Woolgoolga Water Reclamation Plant - 250kW

We will keep you updated as we progresses through this exciting and ambitious project.