Brighton Council

Is a Power Partner
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Installed new bike lanes in streetscape upgrade

30kW Solar PV

Council works depot installation

Brighton Council has identified that one of our key focus areas is to promote sustainable practices throughout council, local businesses and the community. We are thrilled to be partners in the City Power Partnership with the Climate Council and like-minded Councils and communities. We see this as an excellent chance to provide leadership on tackling climate change and transforming our energy future so that we become a more efficient and resilient community. The Cities Power Partnership also provides an exciting opportunity to build capacity through sharing knowledge with other councils and communities across the nation.

Mayor Tony Foster

What council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability

In 2016 Brighton Council’s Works Depot building was fitted with 120 photovoltaic panels with a combined peak output of 30kW. Council also had an energy audit prepared in 2016 for the main Council chambers building which identified up to $14K worth of savings per annum. Council have begun implementing the recommendations, which include installing heat pumps, replacing lights with LED, improved insulation and solar installations.

Council has recently installed new bicycle lanes and wider footpaths as part of its streetscape upgrades of Brighton township and has begun upgrades on the walking trail and pedestrian network between the suburbs of Bridgewater and Gagebrook/Herdsman’s Cove to encourage sustainable transport options and improve mobility.

There is a Home Energy Audit Toolkit (HEAT) available for residents to borrow free of charge to measure the energy efficiency of specific home appliances.

Council has participated in the Southern Tasmanian Councils Authority’s Regional Climate Change Initiative since 2011. Recently, participating Council’s have partnered with Sustainable Living Tasmania and contributed funds for a Home Energy Bulk Buy program aimed at reducing installation costs for energy efficiency products such as heat pumps, solar installations, insulation etc for residents.

What council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability

Council hopes to achieve improvements in energy efficiency and greenhouse emissions within its own operations and to communicate our achievements to the wider community and to be seen as a leader in this space. As our knowledge and capacity in this area grows we hope to be able to assist the community to implement their own energy efficiency measures to reduce the cost of power bills. In the longer term, Council hope to be able to be involved in the provision of small to medium scale renewable energy projects such as wind and solar farms.

What council hopes to gain from being a member of the Cities Power Partnership

As a council area that is part urban fringe in the Greater Hobart area and part rural hub for the Southern Midlands and Coal River Valley areas Brighton Council hopes to be a leader in sustainability in the region and the State. Council staff are passionate about energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse emissions, but being small Council lacks a dedicated officer in this space. Through our pledges and the resources and knowledge sharing offered through the Cities Power Partnership, Council sees this partnership as an opportunity to focus our limited resources on achieving sustainable outcomes across our operations and community.

Brighton Council Action Pledge Coming Soon!

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

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

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.

Provide council resources to educate and support the uptake of renewable energy, such as by hiring an internal renewable energy support officer or establishing an independent body (such as the Moreland and Yarra Energy Foundations).

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).

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

Power council operations by renewables, directly (with solar PV or wind), or by purchasing Greenpower (from electricity retailers). Set targets to increase the level of renewable power for council operations over time.

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.

Use strategic and statutory planning processes to promote renewable energy both at the residential, commercial and larger scale.

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

Set minimum energy efficiency benchmarks for all planning applications.

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