Alice Springs

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500kW

solar electricity generation

Alice Springs Town Council has long been a leader in renewable energy and climate action. Council was the first Northern Territory member of the Cities for Climate Protection Program in 1998, and adopted its Local Action Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Alice Springs in 2006.

Mayor Damien Ryan

Council was the lead agent in the Alice Solar City project, which ran from 2008 until 2013 and led to the installation of energy efficiency measures, solar PV systems, and solar hot water systems for hundreds of homes and businesses across the municipality.

Council dedicates significant ongoing funding toward increasing its solar power capacity. At the close of 2017, Council’s eighth solar PV system will be installed at the Alice Springs Aquatic and Leisure Centre, bringing the total amount of solar electricity generated at Council facilities to over 500kW. Further to this, Council has recently committed to develop a Climate Action Plan to address greenhouse emissions in Alice Springs.

The Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership aligns with the goals of Alice Springs Town Council. As a leader in the local community, Council looks forward to learning and sharing alongside other Power Partners.

Mayor Damien Ryan

Alice Springs Action Pledge Coming Soon!

In the meantime, check out some pledges that councils can choose from:

Providing for adequate cycle lanes (both space and connectivity) in road design and supporting cyclists through providing parking, and end-of-ride facilities (covered, secure bike storage, showers, bicycle maintenance and incentives).

Install renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) on council buildings for example childcare facilities, libraries, street lighting, recreation centres, sporting grounds, and council offices.

Get city-level renewable energy or emissions reduction targets and sustainable energy policies to provide a common goal and shared expectations for local residents and businesses.

Electrify public transport systems (for example buses operated by council) and fleet vehicles and power these by 100% renewable energy.

Implement an education and behavior change program to influence the behavior of council officers, local residents and businesses within the municipality to drive the shift to renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport.

Encourage sustainable transport use (public transport, walking and cycling) through Council transport planning and design. Substantial savings in transport energy use can be achieved by designing more compact cities with access to high quality public and active transport services and facilities.

Set minimum energy efficiency benchmarks for all planning applications.

Consider disincentives for driving high emitting vehicles such as congestion pricing, or a tiered payment system for residential car parking permits where high emitting vehicles pay more.

Ensure that the practices of local government contractors and financing such as banking, insurance, and super are aligned with council goals relating to renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport. Set appropriate criteria for council procurement.

Facilitate large energy users collectively tendering and purchasing renewable energy at a low cost.

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