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Renewable energy by 2023

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Community Solar

Lismore City Council is keen to meet the challenges of climate change head-on and lead by example so that other councils and organisations can follow our lead

Mayor Isaac Smith

Our Council is constantly seeking new and innovative ways to reduce our carbon footprint and we are making great strides with renewable energy, including the launch of two council/community solar farms this year. This is a model that can be used widely, and we want to share our knowledge and partner with others to see great ideas become reality.

We have an organisational target to self-generate all our electricity from renewable sources by 2023, and to achieve this we need to build a large-scale solar power plant in our Local Government Area. We have no doubts that embracing renewable energy is one of the most important steps in tackling climate change.

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

LCC has been working on a range of innovative sustainability initiatives for a number of years including biodiversity management, state-of-the-art waste management and our biggest organisational goal – to self-generate all electricity from renewable resources by 2023.

Our 100% renewable electricity goal continues Councils past work in energy efficiency and solar installations which has reduced our consumption and resulted in substantial financial savings and GHG emissions reduction.  Our flagship project is Lismore Community Solar, a unique council/community partnership, the first of its kind in Australia, which has funded two 100kW solar farms at Councils high use sites. The first 100kW solar farm is up and running at our Sports Centre, the second is at our Sewerage Treatment plant and is in construction.

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

LCC’s future is guided by our Community’s vision of ‘Lismore as a Model of Sustainability’. We are well on the way to achieving our renewable energy goal and our future holds many more exciting and innovative actions including construction of the second of our unique Community funded solar farms, Australia’s largest floating solar farm at our sewerage treatment plant, as well as a large scale solar plant, LED streetlighting, and electric vehicle network across the region.

Why council joined the Cities Power Partnership 

We joined the CPP program to be brought together with many other Councils who are leading in sustainability and also working towards a clean energy future. We are keen to share our successes and learn from others in a partnership which will ultimately encourage and inspire us all.

 

Mayor Isaac Smith

Media Coverage

‘Amazing’: Lismore a standout in tackling climate change. Lismore Echo.
http://citiespowerpartnership.org.au/2017/07/10/sample-media-release/

Australian councils at cutting edge of climate change policy. Architecture and Design.
http://citiespowerpartnership.org.au/2017/07/28/australian-councils-cutting-edge-climate-change-policy/

Media Coverage

Lismore City 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).

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

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).

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

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.

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

Incentivise the deployment of energy efficient heating and cooling technologies.

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.

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