We’re proud of the Brimbank community’s efforts to respond to the climate emergency. We think they’re all Green Stars, and we’d like to share their stories with you.
Mt Derrimut Golf Club had solar panels installed at its club house back in late 2018.
Manager Brian Hardie has answered a few questions about the club’s decision to go solar.
What made you decide to install solar at the golf club?
Mainly for the power saving opportunity. That was the main driver. The location of our club house at the highest point of the west means there’s lots of sunshine here.
We saw this as a perfect opportunity to make use of the facilities we had and reduce our costs.
How much energy/electricity do your solar panels generate for the club?
- 22% expected estimated bill savings annually
- Over 80,000 kWh of energy expected to be produced annually
- Over 100,000 kg CO2 expected emissions saved over the lifetime of the system
Are you able to estimate how much money you are saving on electricity bills each year?
Our electricity bill has gone down definitely already. The reductions now is a small amount, but the end result (after 10 years) will be what we’re after. It’s more of a long term thing. We want to make the most of our roof and the Australian sun.
What would you say to other businesses thinking about going solar?
Given the changes in climate, as a golf club we’re always looks to minimise our impact, particularly when it comes to power and water use.
Solar was no brainer to do the right thing for the environment. It means we can maximise our club usage without increasing environmental impact.
Workshop for businesses
Brimbank City Council invites local businesses to learn more about solar and battery systems and financing options available through this online presentation and Q&A event on Thursday 14 July, 5:30 -7:30pm.
Topics will include:
- Energy use in your business
- Solar cost and benefits
- If batteries are right for your businesses
- Rebates, subsidies and financing available to help install solar PV and batteries.
Presentations and Q&As will be held by representatives from Specialized Solar and Electrical and Better Building Finance.
This program is brought to you by Brimbank Community Solar, and community solar specialist More Australian Solar Homes (MASH), a program of the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance (CVGA), a not-for-profit organisation that has worked with several councils to help encourage the uptake of renewable energy.
Visit 100% Renewable Brimbank for Business to learn about the workshop and other support for business.
(Photo) Brimbank Mayor Cr Jasmine Nguyen is pictured (from left) with Mt Derrimut Golf Club Manager, Brian Hardie, Specialized Solar Manager Anthony Igmen and More Australian Solar Homes Program Manager Gemma Watson.