Bankstown Council off the grid

Federal MP’s Tony Burke and Jason Clare have announced that the Federal Labor Government will provide funding to Bankstown City Council for the installation of a tri-generation system to replace current heating and cooling.

Tri-generation is an energy-efficient system for generating electricity, which at the same time provides heating and cooling – it is twice as energy efficient as coal-fired power stations.

The funding was provided under the Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP) established by the Gillard Labor Government to provide matched funding to local councils to undertake energy efficiency upgrades and retrofits to council and community-use buildings, facilities and lighting.

Tony Burke, Member for Watson said that “the energy efficiency program will enable Bankstown Council to lead the way on smart energy use.

“It will also provide our local community with improved services and amenities, buildings and community facilities and help to lower energy use and support local industries.”

The grant to Bankstown City Council was one of 63 successful projects funded from over 295 applications in the first round of CEEP.

Jason Clare, Member for Blaxland said that “this new system will help Bankstown Council cut their energy use and save them money.”

Applications were assessed by an independent committee on the potential to improve energy efficiency, encourage and demonstrate energy management, value for money, project management and design.

Mayor Asfour said this funding enables Council to continue to be a leader in innovation and sustainability.

“Our tri-generation system will reduce demand on the electricity grid by an estimated 40 percent and save ratepayers more than $137,000 a year,” Mayor Asfour said.

Improving energy efficiency is a central element of the Federal Government’s Clean Energy Future plan, to help boost productivity in our economy and move Australia towards a low-carbon future.