Virtual Power

Industrial Solar

Hobsons Bay is taking big steps towards the community’s vision of zero net emissions by 2030 with the Virtual Power solar energy project. 

Solar panels

Large scale solar panels are now being installed on over 40 Council-owned buildings. The system will have the capacity to generate approximately 5,000 megawatt hours of solar electricity per year.  

This will result in substantial savings from reduced energy costs, which is money that Council can put back into community services and programs. It will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 4,000 tonnes per year.

Virtual Power

Hobsons Bay is taking the lead in generating renewable energy through its large scale solar panel roll out. It will accelerate the uptake of renewable energy, reduce the impacts of climate change and create local jobs.

Rooftop solar will be connected via a Virtual Energy Network (VEN). The VEN will interact with the electricity grid so that excess renewable energy generated from individual sites can be allocated to other sites that have higher electricity use at different times of the day.

Community benefit

Residents of Hobsons Bay can take pride in knowing their community facilities are being powered by green energy. It is estimated that the project will reduce Council emissions by 55% (4000 tonnes per annum).

Community groups and organisations who operate in a Council owned building will also have access to the renewable energy generated onsite that feeds into the network.

Council is currently exploring a community access model that would potentially see residents or businesses participate as a low cost green energy producer, user, or both.

Virtual Power Sites

Some community facilities included in the Virtual Power project are listed below with key statistics to show their contribution.

Civic Centre

Over 1500m2 of solar panel coverage. That's the equivalent size of over three and a half full size basketball courts.

302 kW system size 

380,294 kWh estimated energy generation per year

That's the equivalent amount of energy needed to supply over 82 average Victorian households

Emissions savings estimate: 380 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent

Additional solar panels are to be installed on the Civic Centre's car park roof. This will increase the total installation size to 402kW. 

Altona Library

63.22 kW system size

79,610 kWh estimated energy generation per year

That's the equivalent amount of energy needed to supply over 17 average Victorian households

Emissions savings estimate: 79 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent

 

Williamstown Library

52.36 kW system size

65,934 kWh estimated energy generation per year

That's the equivalent amount of energy needed to supply over 14 average Victorian households

Emissions savings estimate: 65 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent

 

Altona Meadows Library

56 kW system size

70,518 kWh estimated energy generation per year

That's the equivalent amount of energy needed to supply over 15 average Victorian households

Emissions savings estimate: 70 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent

 

Altona North Library

50 kW system size

62,963 kWh estimated energy generation per year

That's the equivalent amount of energy needed to supply over 13 average Victorian households

Emissions savings estimate: 62 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent

 

Newport Hub

55 kW system size

69,258 kWh estimated energy generation per year

That's the equivalent amount of energy needed to supply over 15 average Victorian households

Emissions savings estimate: 69 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent

 

Laverton Hub

99.28 kW system size

125,018 kWh estimated energy generation per year

That's the equivalent amount of energy needed to supply over 27 average Victorian households

Emissions savings estimate: 125 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent