“The City of Logan is proud to be the first South-East Queensland council to join the Cities Power Partnership. Logan has already embraced renewable energy with about 28% of all households and business in Logan having a solar PV system, representing 124 megawatts of installed capacity and about 34,000 individual systems. Councils have an important role to play in making changes that will lead to major reductions in Australia’s carbon emissions, and we’re looking forward to both learning from other Councils and providing leadership in this space.”
Mayor Luke Smith
What council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability
Over the past decade Logan City Council has invested in numerous energy saving technologies across a range of Council facilities. These have included:
- an industry leading air conditioning system that uses ammonia as the refrigerant gas (which has zero global warming potential),
- variable speed drives on water pumps,
- electricity sub metering,
- LED facility lighting,
- voltage reduction,
- solar park lighting,
- solar PV including 30 kilowatt systems at the Logan Recycling Market and at Council’s Animal Management Centre, and
- an off-grid solar PV system linked to a 95 kilowatt hour Tesla Powerpack battery that powers a water reservoir’s chlorination system.
Staff recently established the Logan Energy Dashboard – an energy monitoring system which operates on Council’s internal financial software that automatically collates all of Council’s electricity and fuel consumption data, allowing energy consumption to be easily monitored across the organisation.
What council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability
Logan City Council’s 2017-2022 Corporate Plan includes a priority of being “Green and Renewable”. Council subsequently endorsed a “Carbon Reduction Strategy and Action Plan” which sets the ambitious target of achieving carbon neutrality for Council’s operations by 2022. Solar PV is an ideal technology to help enable Council to achieve this target. Many of Council’s public facilities primarily utilise electricity during the day and have unshaded roof space perfect for solar panels. Council is supportive of PV installations where the business case is good. Logan City Council was an early adopter of solar PV, and now that installation costs have dropped while power prices have risen, we are investigating options that will enable Council to embrace the future and take full advantage of the clean and free power that solar PV provides.
What council hopes to gain from being a member of the Cities Power Partnership
There are many Councils across Australia that are taking amazing steps to reduce carbon emissions. The distances that separate Councils means that the sharing of knowledge and advice between Councils can be difficult. The Cities Power Partnerships provides this valuable link. We look forward to learning from the experiences of other Councils as well as providing leadership in the local government carbon emissions reduction space.