Three case studies of local governments in NSW ramping up renewables

Today, 100% Renewables presented at the Renewable Cities Conference in Adelaide in a session with Alix Pearce from Cities Power Partnership and chaired by Monica Oliphant AO. The forum brings together local governments, people interested in climate change action at the city level and leading organisations wanting to be more sustainable. Barbara Albert, director at 100% Renewables is proud to have been a member of the advisory board of Renewable Cities since 2016.

In her presentation, Barbara highlighted nearly 25 cities and local governments in Australia who have committed to be either carbon neutral or to source 100% of their electricity from renewables.  Three case studies describing the initiatives being undertaken by Councils within their operations and in the community were presented.

North Sydney Council is one of a few local governments with a target to reduce emissions and increase the uptake of renewables in the community. Council has already reduced its own footprint through energy efficiency, on-site renewables, and by purchasing GreenPower®. When developing plans to help the community implement more renewable energy, an emphasis was placed on identifying the key stakeholders – renters, landlords, homeowners, apartment dwellers – and tailoring solutions that can meet their specific needs. Council has now begun to engage with technology and solution providers and to link these to stakeholder groups.

The second case study looks at innovative projects like floating solar and solar farms at customer scale. The featured councils are:

  • Lismore City Council with the largest floating solar installation in Australia at a wastewater treatment plant (100 kW), and plans to expand this system in the near future
  • Newcastle City Council with a 5 MW solar farm currently being constructed on a capped landfill site
  • Sunshine Coast Council with a 15 MW solar farm which has been supplying all of Council’s energy needs for over a year

The third case study describes Power Purchase Agreements and how metropolitan councils can benefit from long-term contracts that hedge their electricity prices, secure their energy supply and help them meet sustainability targets.

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100 % Renewables helps large energy users, especially councils with transitioning to renewables. If you have a renewable energy or carbon reduction project you need help with, please contact Barbara or Patrick.

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