“Lighting the Regions”
16 REGIONAL VICTORIAN COUNCILS ARE JOINING FORCES ON REDUCING
STREET LIGHTING ENERGY & MAINTENANCE COSTS
26 July 2013
Sixteen local governments across North, West and Central
Victoria, have joined forces and secured $5,129,780 in Federal Government funding from the Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP), to undertake energy efficiency streetlight upgrades to 23,000 lights across the region. This upgrade is expected to save the councils $40 million in electricity and maintenance costs over the next 20 years.
5,129,780funding from the Federal
Government's Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP)
Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP)to upgrade 23,000 streetlights with energy efficient
technology which is expected to save over $40 million in electricity and
maintenance costs over the next 20 years.
The Lighting the Regions project is a joint effort
between the Central
Goldfields, Hepburn, Pyrenees, Loddon, Swan Hill, Gannawarra, Mount Alexander,
Greater Bendigo, Buloke, Ararat, Northern Grampians, Hindmarsh, Horsham, Yarriambiack,
West Wimmera and Mildura Councils and the Central Victoria Greenhouse Alliance
and Wimmera Mallee Sustainability Alliance
Victorian Energy Efficiency Program Underway!
The 'Your Business Your Future' program aims to help Small and Medium
Enterprises improve their energy efficiency and reduce costs.
The Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance Inc.
and its company Sustainable Regional Australia Pty. Ltd. is hosting a program of workshops and events across Central Victoria. The aim is to provide information on energy efficiency to Small Businesses on how they can reduce their energy bills.
This Program is supported by the Commonwealth Government’s Energy Efficiency Information Grants
Program, as announced by Federal Minister for Climate Change and Energy
Efficiency, Greg Combet, on 17 May 2012.
CVGA Executive Officer John Harvey says,
“Our Association is delighted to have received this grant which will enable us
to deliver information and services for SME’s across Central Victoria, so they
can improve the energy efficiency of their business".
"Our program provides a friendly
face to face contact with at least 500 local businesses
in our region. It will help them identify and undertake cost effective energy
efficiency improvements that will save them money in the long term.”
Karen Corr, Chair of the CVGA says
“This is a fantastic program for our region. As a result of our program business
in Central Victoria will be able to minimise exposure to rising energy costs
and remain competitive in an ever increasing carbon constrained economy.".
The key components of the CVGA project include:
- provision of high quality business energy assessments
- support the development of a network of local business
energy efficiency champions
- showcase energy efficiency technologies and provide
information on local suppliers
- host information events in townships across the region
- make available print and electronic materials, highlighting links to other business information offerings, including fact sheets,
videos, case studies and benchmarking.
For more information or to register
your interest in the program
Sustainable Regional Australia on
CVGA Refit n' Save.
practical help for our communities
Our Refit n’ Save project is drawing to a close in its current form, but will continue with its web presence and will be relaunched in 2013.
We have engaged over 1000 households in practical 'retrofit' activities to reduce their energy and water use by providing networks,
products and services to support the implementation of energy and water smart
The program has provided employment through out our region and stimulated local sales of energy efficiency products sourced from local suppliers.
Refit n’ Save is an initiative of the CVGA and has been delivered locally in collaboration with five community sustainability
groups based in Ballarat, Bendigo, Hepburn Shire, Ararat and Swan Hill.
The Project is supported by the Victorian Government Sustainability Fund, managed by Sustainability Victoria.
for more information visit the website
or please contact CVGA at