G21 Regional Emissions & Renewable Energy Roadmap

Environment Pillar

G21 Renewables project

Our climate is changing. Without action, climate change is projected to have severe consequences across the planet, including our region, posing significant risks to the our communities, business and environment.

Many of the organisations involved in the G21 have begun to take action to reduce their contribution of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.

G21 Solar Partnerships is a new initiative of the G21 Environment Pillar which aims to encourage innovative renewable energy partnerships between organisations, business and the community across the region.

Feasibility Study Pilot site #1 Geelong                                                                                    

The City of Greater Geelong and Barwon Water are major emitters in the G21 region and electricity use from the grid is a major component (62% of the City and 81% of Barwon Water) of their carbon emissions profile.

Investing in locally sourced renewable energy is a smart way to reduce emissions and has other local benefits, such as employment and reducing long term costs. A partnership approach makes good sense for the region due to economies of scale and shared  return on investment

Both the City of Greater Geelong and Barwon Water have been unilaterally planning and implementing mitigation actions, but by working together on specific projects, such as on G21 Solar Partnerships, significant mutual benefits can be achieved.

The first such partnership opportunity is to conduct a feasibility study for a large scale solar PV project at the disused Corio landfill site in Geelong. The study will be co-funded by both organisations and expected to be completed toward the end of March, 2017.

FG Advisory have been engaged to undertake the feasibility study.

If feasible, a renewable solar energy project could be 3000 kilowatt capacity, capable of generating enough electricity to power about 1,000 homes and save around 5000 tonnes of carbon emissions.