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.

POWERING AHEAD - Coffs Harbour City Council's Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Project, began installation at the beginning of October 2019 and is expected to be completed in the second half of 2021. It involves 16 Council sites in the Coffs Harbour local government area to meet the organisation's ambitious renewable energy targets.

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 April 2016 Council adopted a Renewable Energy and Emissions Reduction Plan (REERP) in order to meet the following targets:

  • Council will reduce its per annum corporate emissions (tonnes CO2-e) from 2010 levels by 50% by 2025.
  • Council's energy use as an organisation will consist of 100% renewables by 2030.

The plan - a framework for implementing, monitoring and reporting on renewable energy and emissions - took 12 months to create and involved the development of an emissions profile, preparation of corporate emissions reduction and a renewable energy plan and prioritisation of actions that will yield the largest emission reductions per unit cost.

Council has completed an upgrade of street lighting to LED lights and is now installing solar PV systems at 16 Council sites including local libraries, as well as larger facilities such as the Water Reclamation Plants, Karangi Dam and Coffs Harbour Regional Airport.


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

Works were suspended due to COVID-19 but have now resumed and are expected to be complete by the end of 2021.


Installations scheduled for 2021:

  • 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


Check the key dates and maps for all locations, and keep an eye out for more updates as Council progresses through this exciting and ambitious project.


POWERING AHEAD - Coffs Harbour City Council's Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Project, began installation at the beginning of October 2019 and is expected to be completed in the second half of 2021. It involves 16 Council sites in the Coffs Harbour local government area to meet the organisation's ambitious renewable energy targets.

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 April 2016 Council adopted a Renewable Energy and Emissions Reduction Plan (REERP) in order to meet the following targets:

  • Council will reduce its per annum corporate emissions (tonnes CO2-e) from 2010 levels by 50% by 2025.
  • Council's energy use as an organisation will consist of 100% renewables by 2030.

The plan - a framework for implementing, monitoring and reporting on renewable energy and emissions - took 12 months to create and involved the development of an emissions profile, preparation of corporate emissions reduction and a renewable energy plan and prioritisation of actions that will yield the largest emission reductions per unit cost.

Council has completed an upgrade of street lighting to LED lights and is now installing solar PV systems at 16 Council sites including local libraries, as well as larger facilities such as the Water Reclamation Plants, Karangi Dam and Coffs Harbour Regional Airport.


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

Works were suspended due to COVID-19 but have now resumed and are expected to be complete by the end of 2021.


Installations scheduled for 2021:

  • 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


Check the key dates and maps for all locations, and keep an eye out for more updates as Council progresses through this exciting and ambitious project.


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