Energy and Climate

Climate Change

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Climate change is a critical issue of significant changes in global climates. Climate change is a result of the build-up of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane in our atmosphere. This is largely due to our heavy reliance on burning fossil fuels (petrol, gas and coal) for energy use – especially for electricity generation and transport. Greenhouse gases trap the sun’s heat and contribute to higher temperatures – this is called global warming.

Darebin Climate Emergency Plan

Darebin City Council has produced a draft Climate Emergency Plan, and we want to know if you think we are on the right track.

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Video of the Darebin Climate Forum 2016

Solar Programs

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Interested in installing solar on your property through our solar programs? Council has set a target to double solar PV in Darebin over the next four years. Applications are now open for our solar programs (2017 – 2021).

Solar $aver Program

This program has been developed to assist pensioners, people in receipt of a Centrelink benefit, renters and not-for-profit organisations to install solar. Council will pay the cost upfront and the ratepayer pays it off over 10 years through quarterly rate payments. Details regarding the size of solar systems and eligibility criteria will be provided to applicants via updates. Note: Solar $aver installation will occur mid to late 2018.

Solar Bulk Buy Program 

This program offers Darebin households, organisations and businesses an opportunity to purchase a quality solar panel system from a trusted supplier at a great price. Participants pay upfront for their solar system and choose from a range of sizes from 2 kW to 10kW or greater. Details regarding the expected installation timeframe will be provided to applicants via updates.

Available warranties covering panels are 20 years; and inverter and installation are 10 years.

Please tell us which program you are interested in: Solar $aver or Bulk Buy. Note: Council cannot guarantee you will be accepted into the program of your choice.

A no-obligation quote will be offered if solar is a viable option for your household and / or circumstances. Applicants will receive further details and updates via email or post.

Register your interest now in the current programs today [CLICK HERE]

We are working to provide the above information in other languages. If you have any questions email or phone 8470 8888.

Participants pay upfront for the solar system and choose from a range of system sizes from 1.5kW to 10kW. 
Participants pay upfront for the solar system and choose from a range of system sizes from 1.5kW to 10kW. 
Participants pay upfront for the solar system and choose from a range of system sizes from 1.5kW to 10kW. 

Solar Panels

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Solar electricity panels offer a cost effective way to reduce your electricity bill and reduce emissions.

Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems convert light energy from the sun into direct current electricity using solar panels mounted on your roof. The electrical charge is usually transmitted to an inverter and fed into your households electricity needs and the main electricity grid. Inverters convert direct current into an alternating current used by household appliances.

Most electricity distributed in Victoria is generated from brown coal which produces greenhouse gases. Solar energy does not produce greenhouse gases.

If you are interested in getting solar panels, please check out the current solar programs on offer.


Saving Energy

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We rely on energy everyday and as energy supplies are limited, we need to conserve our usage wisely.

The Energy Conservation Hierarchy

  • Minimise energy use – use natural light, heating, and cooling where possible. Insulate your home to keep summer heat out and winter heat in and reduce the need for additional heating and cooling  
  • Use energy efficiently – choose efficient lighting such as LED or compact fluorescent globes and appliances with a high Energy Star Rating
  • Use renewable energy – consider installing solar electricity, solar hot water and switching to GreenPower
  • Offset – your remaining emissions

Darebin City Council's Community Climate Change Action Plan

The Action Plan (2009-2015), provides a framework for Darebin Council to support the Darebin community in significantly reducing their greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. The Action Plan has been prepared in response to the recognised threat and severity of climate change and its effects on the Darebin community. Darebin Council has already significantly reduced greenhouse our own greenhouse gas emissions through this plan, and is currently supporting the community to take action on this important issue.

Learn more by downloading a copy of the Community Climate Change Action Plan via this link.

Pooling Our Energy Savings

Users of Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre and Reservoir Leisure Centre might have noticed the regular works being undertaken over the last 2 years. We are excited to announce that the 'Pooling our Energy Savings' energy efficiency upgrades and installation of power generation technologies have now been completed.  

These upgrades are expected to deliver a reduction in operational costs of over $100,000, and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 2000 tonnes per year. That’s the same as taking about 500 cars off the road!  

The energy efficiency upgrades are similar to the energy efficiency measures we can all take at home, although these are on a larger scale!  We installed;

  • Onsite power generation – generating our own electricity for the buildings using natural gas which is cleaner and cheaper than coal-generated electricity from our power grid
  • Draught sealing for gaps around doors and windows
  • Double glazed doors
  • Better insulation
  • Insulated pool blankets
  • LED lighting
  • Higher efficiency air conditioning and heating systems

You can watch our 'Pooling Our Energy Savings' video below and learn more about our installation of power generation technologies and energy efficiency upgrades. 

If you want to learn more about the energy efficiency measures you can take at home, please visit and check our upcoming workshop schedule.

The energy efficiency upgrades and installation of power generation technology received funding from the Australian Government.

Tips for Home Builders and Renovators

All new homes and renovations in Australia are required to achieve a 6 star energy rating. 6 Star homes use less energy and save you money, as well as providing more comfortable homes. The 6 Star Standard is a flexible performance based standard and can be achieved using a variety of energy saving measures. Considering the following measures will help your home or renovation meet the standard:
  • Incorporate north facing windows, blinds, verandas and ceiling fans to help control temperature
  • Install a solar hot water system
  • Choose a gas heater with at least a 4-star energy rating
  • Install or upgrade insulation
Pooling Our Energy Savings