Green Civic Centre
The City has been working to reduce its carbon footprint, and that of its community, since 1999 when it formed the South East Regional Energy Group with the City of Armadale and Serpentine-Jarrahdale Shire. The Group has developed the award-winning switch your thinking! program as a vehicle for assisting the community to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
Amongst initiatives to reduce its carbon footprint, the City commissioned the design and construction of two buildings whose sustainable development initiatives and notable energy efficiency have set benchmarks for local government capital works.
The Agonis, in Gosnells Town Centre, is a two-storey community facility completed in 2004 that houses the Knowledge Centre, Lotteries House, Gosnells Centre for Business Development and a cafe. It was the first Western Australian building project to be the subject of an Australian Building Greenhouse Rating scheme Commitment Agreement.
The City of Gosnells Civic Centre, which houses the City's administrative and Council offices, was completed in 2009. It has achieved its design target of five out of a possible six stars under the Green Star rating program by incorporating innovative technologies such as 'phase change' energy storage bank.
Civic Centre photovoltaic panels
The City of Gosnells has taken proactive steps to reduce its carbon footprint by installing Photovoltaic panels at the Civic Centre.
156 Canadian Solar 255 watt panels and two inverters were installed earlier this month, producing approximately 69 megawatts of electricity per year. The system, which cost $45,000 after rebates, is estimated to save the City over $22,000 in electricity costs in its first year and will have completely paid for itself in just over two years.
City of Gosnells staff and community members are able to view the details of the energy that is being captured on the roof in real time through a sunny portal linked to the system.