Climate change and you
Indigo Shire Council has adopted a Climate Change Policy(PDF, 256KB) and Climate Change Adaptation Plan(DOCX, 1022KB) .
Indigo Shire Council is an active participant and member of the Goulburn-Broken Greenhouse Alliance (GBGA) and we have signed up TAKE2. The GBGA is a collaboration of local governments and state government agencies, working on projects to collectively act on climate change. Visit the GBGA website for more information.
Renewable energy, solar power and batteries
We encourage and support our residents to explore opportunities to use the power of the sun to generate renewable energy. Producing your own renewable energy by installing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels is a great way to reduce your electricity bills and carbon footprint.
In a typical home with solar panels, part or all of your energy usage may be met by solar generation while the sun is shining. Any excess solar energy is exported to the grid. Shortfalls, most often experienced in the evening and overnight, are met by importing electricity from the grid.
You can take it one step further by adding a battery. When you add a battery to a rooftop solar system or install a battery and rooftop solar panels together in a new system, the excess solar energy not used at home during the day is used to charge the battery. There are various battery storage products available that have a wide range of functionality and performance.
Community action on renewables
Indigo Shire is home to active community renewable energy groups, including Totally Renewable Yackandandah and Totally Renewable Beechworth. Contact these groups for more information if you are interested in getting involved.