Overcoming The Financial Challenges of Retrofits
There are many examples where timely financial funding for new builds or retrofits have enabled local government and commercial enterprises to undertake a green and sustainable building projects. Financial constraints are often one of the only reasons for a project being slow off the starting gun. Here’s how Evo Energy Technologies joined forces with the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.
Cardinia Life Leisure Centre
With the aid of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and Evo Energy Technologies the Cardinia Life leisure centre project was able to be completed.
Cardinia Life is a leisure facility in Pakenham, Victoria. The facility was reponsible for a massive 26% of the council’s total emission profile or 2,325 tonnes. To mitigate against this, the Cardinia City Council engaged Evo Energy Technologies to provision a cogeneration plant and to upgrade their facilities for maximum energy efficiency and cost savings.
Evo Energy Technologies installed a Miraclegen MC247N-SC CHP unit with a electrical output of 135kW and thermal output of 210kW.
Remote monitoring and optimal control will be easily achieved via ComAp’s Intellimonitor and Websupervisor systems. This means that the system can be closely monitored from any computer or smartphone device, from anywhere in the world.
The total project is anticipated to save:
- $111,000 per year in energy costs
- 1,224 tonnes in greenhouse gas emissions per year (or the equivalent annual emissions of over 300 cars).
By reducing the operational cost of the facility, the council reduces the centre’s cost to ratepayers while significantly reducing the centre’s carbon emissions.
This was an incredible success story for the CEFC (then known as Low Carbon Australia) and Cardinia City Council who were able to secure a grant for the project from the Community Energy Efficiency Project. The implementation of the project by head contractor Evo Energy Technologies went off without a hitch.
Although the council undertook the upgrade with the combination of its own funds and the CEFC grant, the project wouldn’t have been possible without the help of the CEFC.