Charging ahead on climate action

Alpine Shire Council is taking another step closer towards achieving net zero Greenhouse Gas emissions from its own operations by July 2023.

15 March 2023

In line with the targets outlined in its Climate Action Plan 2021-2024, Council has recently purchased its first fully electric vehicle (EV), and has commenced works to install four 22kW chargers at the Bright Council office.

Alpine Shire Mayor John Forsyth said Council is committed to investing in zero emissions vehicles and onsite renewable energy.  

“These new chargers will ensure that all EVs purchased through the phased upgrade of Council’s car fleet, can be charged with 100% renewable energy in the most cost-effective way,” he said.

“The chargers will be powered by a combination of on-site generated renewable energy from the existing Solar PV array on the building and 100% renewable energy purchased through the Victorian Energy Collaboration renewable Power Purchase Agreement.”

This EV charging project is supported by the Victorian Government through the EV Charging for Council Fleets program.

Cr Forsyth said the installation of EV chargers are only one part of a larger program of initiatives Council is taking to tackle climate change.

“Council is also investing in further Solar PV installations on Council facilities this year to increase locally generated renewable energy, reduce our reliance on grid electricity and save money on electricity bills,” Cr Forsyth said.

"From May, the installation of solar panels and batteries will begin at Mount Beauty Visitor Information Centre, Myrtleford Library, Myrtleford Supper Rooms next to the Myrtleford Memorial Hall, and Porepunkah Waste Transfer Station.”

For more information, you can read Council’s Climate Action Plan 2021-2024 here.

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