Noosa ahead of pack in Queensland’s switch to solar

Queenslanders are leading the nation in their take-up of solar panels, and Noosa is ahead of the pack.

Mayor Tony Wellington said figures for Noosa show around 34% of properties within the Shire are tapping into the power of the sun. This compares with a State-wide figure of 31.6%.

“It’s fantastic to see Noosa among the regions pioneering the switch to solar with around 9000 installations,” he said. “This is the figure according to the Clean Energy Regulator.”

“Recently Noosa Council joined the Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership to learn from, and share with, other local councils committed to reducing their emissions. Two other Queensland Councils, Douglas and Bundaberg, are also foundation partners in this initiative.

“It’s great to see such strong support from the community, with the Zero Emissions Noosa group matching Council’s target of achieving zero net emissions by 2026,” the Mayor said.

“The Queensland Government aims to be carbon neutral by 2050, so our early actions will put Noosa in a prime position to contribute to this goal. Importantly, our local efforts will also have long-term cost benefits for ratepayers and the community.”

The Climate Council’s ‘Renewables Ready: States Leading the Charge’ report shows Queensland is set for a dramatic increase in renewable energy, with 10 large-scale renewable energy projects in the pipeline.

The Cities Power Partnership is a free national program, organised by the Climate Council. It exists to celebrate and accelerate the clean energy successes of Australian towns and cities. The initiative is a coalition of the willing – made up of local governments and communities from across Australia, all of whom are committed to a sustainable, non-polluting energy future.

“Once again, Noosa finds itself prominent in contemporary thinking and innovative sustainability. Just where our residents expect us to be,” the Mayor said.

This article first appeared in My Sunshine Coast on 31 August 2017

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