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August 2017
  • Meet our new EO Rob Law
  • Waste to energy grant news
  • Climate change grants
  • Australia's largest local govt solar farm opens
  • Local govt energy saver program
  • Events
  • Readership survey
Message from Rob Law, new Executive Officer
I am very pleased and excited to be taking on the position of Executive Officer with the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance.
For the past three years I have worked for the Victorian Greenhouse Alliances -  the Northern Alliance for Greenhouse Action (NAGA) and the Eastern Alliance for Greenhouse Action (EAGA). In these roles I have worked with CVGA on many joint advocacy initiatives, projects and information sharing.

I strongly believe in the important role of our Greenhouse Alliances in regional climate change action. I am keen to develop stronger regional partnerships and maximize the opportunities and benefits for all members and their respective communities. 

The alliance model in Australia is unique and offers enormous opportunities for scaling up projects, accessing larger pools of funding and having stronger joint advocacy. Councils working together create a great and powerful platform for information sharing and capacity building.
The CVGA already has a fantastic legacy of projects, advocacy and information sharing, built up over more than 16 years and I look forward to building on this strength. Progressing the Waste to Energy project, and continuing the roll out of the Solar Savers program in partnership with the other greenhouse alliances are just two of our key initiatives for the coming year.  

I am also interested in helping CVGA councils realise the immediate opportunities that exist for procuring and investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency, and climate change adaptation.

The CVGA would not be where it is today without former EO Sonny Neale who has done fantastic work over the past five years. We will miss his passion, enthusiasm and vision and we wish him well with his future endeavours. 

On a personal note, as a resident of central Victoria, I am inspired to work for an organization that has a vision for a better future. I am personally motivated to ensure that this great part of Victoria can be a world-leading, low carbon and climate resilient region.

Hepburn gets $650,000 for Waste to Energy system
Hepburn Shire Council has received a grant of $650,000 to build the first stage of the Waste to Energy system. CVGA is working with Hepburn and other member councils to expand this operation and explore injecting methane directly into the gas network. The grant was made by the Victorian Government's New Energy Jobs Fund.
The grant will enable council to
  • Process 1,500 tonnes of organic waste diverted from landfill annually
  • Create 5 ongoing jobs.
  • Reduce landfill and waste transportation costs by $280,000 annually
  • Generate renewable base load energy.
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 200,000 tonnes over 20 years from avoided fossil fuel use and landfill methane emissions.
  • Demonstrate the economic and technical viability of this fast rate anaerobic digestion process
  • Highlight how smaller, scalable system design can be readily deployed to meet varying energy demands.
Watch a video

Details from Hepburn Shire

L-R: Cr John Cottrell, Mary-Anne Thomas MP,
The Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio, Mayor Cr Sebastian Klein
& Cr Don Henderson

Climate change grants
The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D'Ambrosio recently announced in Maryborough a new funding package of $4.7 million for climate change innovation. There will be a number of workshops in the CVGA region in the next couple of months to help applicants formulate ideas and identify new partnerships.  
Local govt energy saver program
- are you eligible?
A large number of CVGA councils are now eligible to participate in Sustainability Victoria's new Local Government Energy Saver program. The program will enable councils to undertake one of three streams of work;

1. establish local government corporate emissions profile and reduction plans,

2. undertake energy audits on local government facilities,

3. implement retrofit work. 

Pensioners to benefit from solar program
The CVGA is a partner in a pioneering program designed to help low income households access solar systems without upfront costs.
The Solar Saver program is now rolling out across 22 councils and installations will be spread over 3 phases. The first phase is currently underway, with Ararat Rural City Council and Mount Alexander Shire Council the first of the CVGA councils to offer the program to households.   


QLD solar farm leads the way with renewables

The Sunshine Coast is Australia’s first local government to offset its entire electricity consumption with renewable energy generated at the 15MW Sunshine Coast Solar Farm.

The power generated from a grid-connected farm will be capable of indirectly providing electricity to all council sites including its community facilities such as administration buildings, aquatic centres, community and performance venues, as well as holiday parks, libraries, art galleries and sporting facilities. The Solar Farm will provide $22 million in savings, after costs, over a 30-year period based on today’s electricity costs, which are anticipated to increase substantially in the future.

Many councils are exploring options for large scale renewable projects such as Sunshine Coast Farm.The CVGA is currently working with the other Greenhouse Alliances on a project exploring the business case for Victorian councils to invest in large scale solar across the state.

The Sunshine Coast Solar Farm at a glance


2017 Sustainable Community National Summit

Wed 6 -Thurs 7 September 2017
William Angliss Conf Centre


Smart Lighting Conference

Wed 13 - Thurs 14 September 2017
Melbourne Convention Centre


State of Council Solar

Presented by the Northern Alliance for Greenhouse Action (NAGA)
Wednesday 16 August, 2017, 9.30am-12 noon.

Richmond Town Hall


MAV energy procurement information session

MAV Procurement has commenced planning for upcoming tenders for electricity (and gas) for buildings and facilities and public lighting.


Existing MAV agreements are due to expire on 31st December 2017 and we will be conducting this tender for councils with energy requirements from January 1st 2018 onwards


Tues 22 Aug 2017

11.00am to 1.00pm


Register Here


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