Logan City Council
Is a Power Partner
31% households & businesses
installed solar PV
95kWh Tesla powerwall
powers reservoir’s chlorination system
Over the past decade the residents and businesses of the City of Logan have embraced solar power. There are now over 39,000 individual roof top solar power systems operating across the city representing over 161 megawatts of installed capacity. Or to put it another way, 31% of all households and businesses are generating renewable energy, reducing their carbon footprint, and saving electricity costs. Councils play an important role in facilitating the changes that will lead to greater uptake of renewable energy and ultimately a reduction in Australia’s carbon emissions. In terms of Logan City Council’s operations, Council’s Carbon Reduction Strategy and Action Plan provides a framework to reduce carbon emissions, increase the use of renewable energy, and ultimately achieve Council’s 2022 carbon neutrality target.
Acting CEO, Silvio Trinca
Partnership action pledges
Our power partners are committed to switching to non-polluting energy and reducing emissions in their communities.
Install renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) on council buildings.
Support community facilities accessing renewable energy through incentives, support or grants.
Adopt best practice energy efficiency measures across all council buildings, and support community facilities to adopt these measures.
Support the local community to develop capacity and skills to tackle climate change.
Set city-level renewable energy or emissions reduction targets.
Logan City Council
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.