30 October 2020
The Monthly Energy Efficiency News Roundup – October
WA homeoweners can now measure and control their energy consumption with the rollout of 180,000 new meters
Homeowners will be able to better measure and control their energy consumption with Western Power’s rollout of 180,000 new meters in the next two years – a move also expected to facilitate the emergence of new sustainable housing technologies. More than 100,000 advanced meters have been installed so far at South West households as part of the initiative, which enables homeowners to receive up-to-date billing, remote detection of service line faults, faster re-energisation services and more detailed information about energy consumption. The data is now available at half-hourly intervals and shows how and when homeowners use their electricity.
Energy efficient LED lights to be installed to over 4,000 residential street lights in the Shoalhaven region
Shoalhaven City Council has been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2020 Local Government NSW’s Excellence in the Environment Awards in both the Towards Net Zero Emissions and Resource Recovery categories. In the Towards Net Zero Emissions category, Council is recognised for its actions and commitments in the past year to increase renewable energy generation on its assets, prepare its inaugural Sustainable Energy Strategy and begin an internal Revolving Energy Fund (REFund). Over 400 kW of new solar PV were installed in the past year on assets such as the Nowra Library, Shoalhaven Indoor Sports Centre and wastewater treatment plants.
ARENA helps fund the construction of 51 energy efficient homes
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is to fund Frasers Property Australia (Frasers) to the tune of $708,910 to demonstrate that energy efficient and even zero energy demand homes can be built at scale. Frasers, an Australian property developer, can now proceed with a $1.42 million project to deliver 51 net zero energy demand homes at Ed.Square in south west Sydney. Frasers calls these homes “Balanced Energy Homes – or BE.Homes”, a composite of solar PV, solar hot water, low-e glazed windows, LED lighting, roof insulation, etc.
Monash University places energy efficiency as a priority on its journey to becoming net zero by 2030
Monash University has set itself the challenging target of getting its campuses to net zero by 2030 and unlike some other organisations that set similar goals, it has a plan to get there. Top of the list for Monash is the low hanging fruit of energy efficiency, followed by building electrification and procuring/using 100 per cent renewable energy. Once the building has its emissions profile as low as possible, remaining emissions will be offset. One new build that neatly captures this vision is award winning student accommodation building Gillies Hall at Monash University.