A council that borrowed $7million to install a high-tech green ‘nation-leading’ solar energy scheme has seen their emissions actually increase since it came online.
The Virtual Power Plant (VPP) is the brainchild of Hobsons Bay Council in Melbourne’s inner-west and consists of ‘linked’ solar panels on 40 council properties.
On council’s website it says: ‘Hobsons Bay is taking big steps towards the community’s vision of zero net emissions by 2030 with the Virtual Power solar energy project.’
Melbourne’s Hobsons Bay Council is building a ‘Virtual Power Plant’ which means linking power from solar panels on council’s properties
However, on council’s so-called ‘sustainability dashboard’, which is a progressive report card on how VPP is going, it shows council’s emissions increased by seven tons of carbon in the last financial year.
This is despite the installation of 450KW worth of solar panels in the previous financial year and a further 795KW of solar going online in the year…