In Melbourne’s West, a new Aquatic and Wellness Centre in Keilor Downs will be the first all-electric aquatic centre in Australia, cutting energy use by up to 80 per cent.
The Brimbank Council will receive $1.53 million of investment from the Australian Government via the Australian Renewable Energy Agency ARENA. This funding will go towards an integrated renewable energy system, as part of the new $60 million centre.
The Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre is on target to achieve a world-leading ‘6 Star Green Star’ rating.
We’re aiming for this project to demonstrate the first all-electric aquatic centre in Australia.
Council thanks the Australian Government and Energy Minister Angus Taylor for investing in this important project.
This $1.53 million investment means the Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre will use 100 per cent renewable energy for heating and cooling across the whole centre.
This is an important step towards reaching Council’s Climate Emergency Plan 2020-2025 (Plan) target of net zero emissions for Council operations by 2030.
Brimbank Mayor, Cr Ranka Rasic
The new center shifts away from traditional gas boilers used to heat and cool water and air at other aquatic centres, the centre will instead install an all-electric heat-pump system for heating and cooling. It will also use an 88,000 litre hot water storage system that acts as a big ‘thermal battery’, and 500 kW of solar panels.
When the rooftop solar panels are generating power, this will power the heat pump system to heat and cool the centre. Any additional electricity needed will be purchased through a 100 per cent renewable energy power purchase a