Northern NSW councils continuing their leadership in climate change

Last week, 100% Renewables was pleased to present to and discuss options for Clarence Valley Council to increase the contribution of renewable energy to its operational energy requirements, and to reduce its carbon footprint. Clarence Valley Council has already shown great leadership in its uptake of solar PV, with more than 650 kW installed across numerous sites.

Our work is looking at a range of short, medium and long-term opportunities for Council to significantly increase the level of renewable energy in its operations and to reduce its demand for electricity and fuel. We have also discussed future options that may be available to implement larger scale renewable energy projects in the region. This was timely given the NSW Government’s plans to accelerate the processes to enable new transmission infrastructure to be built to accommodate the wind and solar energy generation that will replace the state’s coal-fired power stations over time.

It was great to present and discuss these opportunities with both Council management as well as the community-based Climate Change Advisory Committee.

While we were in northern NSW it was exciting to hear that Lismore Council won an award in the Community Partnership Collaboration category at the Local Government Excellence Awards for its Community Solar Initiative. This includes a 100 kW floating solar farm at the East Lismore STP, Australia’s largest. Mayor Isaac Smith and Council’s Environmental Strategies Officer Sharyn Hunnisett accepted the award on behalf of Council. Congratulations Lismore City Council!

Sharyn Hunnisset and Isaac Smith from Lismore Council winning the Local Government Award

While we were up in Grafton, we took the opportunity to visit the former hydroelectric Nymboida Power Station, a renewable energy generator that supplied electricity to the region for nearly 100 years.

Barbara and Patrick visiting the Nymboida hydropower plant

Local government leadership and increased solar and wind energy generation in the grid in northern NSW will see renewables supply the region’s energy for the next 100 years and we are excited to be part of that journey.

100% Renewables helps large energy users with transitioning to renewables. If you need help with transitioning to renewable energy, please contact Barbara or Patrick.

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