$500,000 Smart Energy Zone funding confirmed

7 Jul 2009

Leading-edge sustainability on Doncaster Hill is a step closer, with the announcement on Monday 6 July by the Minister for Climate Change and Environment Gavin Jennings MLC that Council will receive $500,000 through Sustainability Victoria's Smart Energy Zone program, for the Civic Precinct development.

Doncaster Hill is one of six identified Smart Energy Zone projects across metropolitan Melbourne and will demonstrate that by developing local energy opportunities, communities can dramatically and cost-effectively reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

Manningham Mayor Cr Charles Pick said the Doncaster Hill Community Centre in the Civic Precinct will incorporate best practice in terms of Ecologically Sustainable Design.
“Council’s Smart Energy Zone project involves the construction of a highly energy efficient Community Centre which will be connected by a micro-grid to the existing Council Offices and will supply heating, cooling and power generated locally by a gas-fired trigeneration facility” said Cr Pick.

The project will consider a range of energy efficiency and energy supply measures and showcase Council’s continuing commitment to sustainability. Smart meters and controls will be located throughout the Civic Precinct to enable real time sustainability monitoring of all demand and supply aspects of energy generation.

A Sustainability Victoria initiative, Smart Energy Zones demonstrate how communities can cut their greenhouse emissions with a combination of local energy solutions that bring demand and supply-side energy efficiency technologies together in building sites.