Alice Springs

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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:

Provide incentives (for example rate reductions) for best practice developments such as streamlined planning processes, and support for retrofitting energy efficiency measures for existing buildings.

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.

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

Opening up unused council managed land for renewable energy, for example land fills, and road reserves.

Set minimum renewable energy benchmarks for new developments, for example Denman Prospect, ACT requires every new house to install a minimum solar PV system.

Adopt best practice energy efficiency measures across all council buildings, and support community facilities to adopt these measures.

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).

Ensure that new developments are designed to maximize public and active transport use, and are designed to support electric vehicle uptake.

Encourage local businesses and residents to take up solar PV, battery storage and solar hot water heating. This can be done through providing incentives (such as solar bulk buy schemes or flexible payment options) or streamlining approvals processes (such as removing planning and heritage barriers to solar PV).

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.

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