Good news! Moonee Valley signs on to VECO, Australia’s largest EVER emissions reduction project by local government!
Moonee Valley Council is one of 46 Victorian Councils to sign on to VECO, the Victorian Energy Collaboration. VECO will provide 45 per cent of all Victorian Councils’ electricity requirements with 100 per cent renewables for 9.5 years, collectively reducing greenhouse emissions by a MASSIVE 260,000 tonnes of C02-e every year.
VECO was initiated by and facilitated by Darebin City Council and the Victorian Greenhouse Alliances, along with 46 councils which recognises the benefits of renewable energy for the environment and the economy. This landmark collaboration demonstrates the value of local government working together on common issues
Provided by Red Energy, the pooling of 240GWh of clean power by the 46 councils, is the equivalent to powering 48,000 homes with renewables or removing the emissions from 90,000 cars every year.
From 1 July 2021, Moonee Valley will power all of its operations with 100 per cent renewables, including streetlights, libraries, the Civic Centre, depot, the Clocktower, leisure centres and community buildings. Switching to renewable electricity will reduce Council’s emissions by approximately 70 per cent and support its recent carbon neutral certification.
The renewable electricity will be provided by two wind farms located in regional Victoria; Dundonnell Wind Farm near Mortlake in South-West Victoria, which started exporting power to the grid in March 2020, and Murra Warra II wind farm near Horsham which commenced construction September 2020 and will be fully operational by June 2022.
We are proud to be part of this exciting project that delivers on Council’s MV2040 commitments to become a carbon neutral council and continuing to reduce corporate emissions by 95 per cent by 2040, while also working towards avoiding the worst impacts of climate change.
Switching to renewable electricity is only one part of how Moonee Valley City Council is taking action to address climate change. Since 2010, Council has reduced its carbon emissions by 44 per cent through the installation of solar PV on 31 council owned and operated buildings (total solar capacity 700kW), energy efficiency initiatives in Council buildings and replacing 6,000 street lights with more energy efficient lights. See here for more information mvcc.vic.gov.au/live/my-house/climateaction/#council-action