Northern Midlands

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82% energy savings

Northern Lights LED streetlighting upgrade project

Planning scheme support for solar

Exemptions for solar PV & collector panels

Council signed up to the Cities Power Partnership as we saw this as an opportunity to increase the work we are already doing in promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy. We are looking forward to identifying projects and achieving our goals, whilst sharing the information and resources of other likeminded Councils.

Mayor David Downie

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

Planning & Development

Council’s planning scheme requires development to be north facing where possible to allow for passive heating and reduction in energy use. To encourage solar use, Council’s Planning Scheme contains an exemption for solar collector panels and photovoltaic cells on a roof.

Water Sensitive Urban Design

Council has recently completed a Water Sensitive Urban Design Strategy, whereby stormwater is redirected and filtered through two ponds to clear the stormwater of debris before it flows back into the stormwater channel. The development has two primary benefits, cleaning the stormwater before it returns back to the river system, and creating a wetland for native flora and fauna.

Northern Lights Project

The Northern Midlands Council is currently participating in the Northern Lights Project. The project involves changing over 920 of the current residential street lights to energy efficient luminaires. The new lights will be up to 82% more efficient than the existing 80W mercury vapour lights, leading to significant cost and energy savings by Council. By making this change, Northern Midlands will save the equivalent of around 900 tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. This is equal to removing twenty cars off the road every year for the next twenty years! Despite an initial capital outlay, the reduced operation and maintenance costs of the lights mean that the project will be cash flow positive within 7 years. From that point onward Council will incur savings, adding up to around $1.75 million over the 20 year life of the lights.

Installation of solar panels

Council supports the installation of solar panels on Council buildings and infrastructure, with a recent installation on the Evandale Community Centre, Evandale.

 

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

Council hopes to achieve the following:

 

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

Council hopes to gain two things from being a member of the Cities Power Partnership:

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Northern Midlands Action Pledge Coming Soon!

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

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

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.

Support community energy projects (with location and planning support) so that residents (such as renters) can band together and invest in community renewable energy projects.

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).

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

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.

Ensure Council fleet purchases meet strict greenhouse gas emissions requirements and support the uptake of electric vehicles.

For communities reliant on a local coal industry, local government can support the transition away from fossil fuels, by lobbying for state and federal support for a just transition for workers, families and the community and encouraging local economic development and opportunities based on a low carbon economy.

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.

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

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