Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Baw Baw signs on to wind farm deal

Baw Baw Shire Council has joined the Victorian Energy Collaboration (VECO) which will supply 100% renewable energy to street lights and multiple large facilities within the Shire.

Council has aligned with VECO, alongside 46 Councils across Victoria for an eight-year partnership that will see renewable energy being used to power up to 6,350 streetlights and several Council-owned buildings including:

  • Drouin Customer Service Centre
  • Warragul Civic Place
  • Warragul Show Grounds
  • Drouin Recreation Reserve
  • Trafalgar Business Centre
  • Trafalgar Transfer Station and closed Trafalgar Landfill.

“One priority that came through loud and clear when we undertook wide-ranging public consultation for the Baw Baw Shire Community Vision, is that our community wants eco-friendly, sustainable choices,” said Mayor, Michael Leaney.

“That is what this decision is all about. We are proud to partner with VECO and to vastly increase our use of 100% renewable energy sources.

“This initiative is a step in the right direction to support our Shire, our environment and our future,” he said.

VECO is the largest emissions reduction project undertaken by the local government sector in Australia – 46 Victorian Councils have pooled their electricity needs into one long-term contract with Red Energy, which will provide the VECO group with renewable energy generated from wind farms in Victoria.

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