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US Republican renewables leader set to inspire Australia

THE REPUBLICAN MAYOR WHO TRANSFORMED his struggling Californian city into the “solar capital of the universe” has just been confirmed to visit Australia to inspire local councils to join the global renewable energy revolution. Mayor R. Rex Parris of Lancaster will headline the inaugural Cities Power Partnership Summit, Australia’s first national climate change summit focused…

Queensland home to Australia’s hottest solar postcodes

QUEENSLAND HOUSEHOLDS ARE EMBRACING domestic rooftop solar energy at a higher rate than any in the country, with eight of Australia’s top ten “solar postcodes” in the Sunshine State according to the new Clean Energy Australia 2018 report. Of the top solar postcodes listed, Bundaberg, Mackay, Caloundra and Cairns are all regions represented by trailblazing…

ALGA Vice President Damien Ryan joins climate advisory panel

ALGA Vice-President and Alice Springs Mayor Damien Ryan has been announced as an expert advisor to Australia’s largest local government climate network. The newly-announced Cities Power Partnership expert advisory panel will provide specialist guidance to the climate network, which currently has 70 member councils who together represent more than 8 million Australians. The advisory panel…

Council and community farming the sun together

Regional communities are turning to clean energy solutions to combat energy price hikes. Lismore, in northern New South Wales, is no exception, embracing renewable energy and partnered with the Lismore City Council to develop Australia’s largest floating solar farm. Switched on last February, this innovative solar farm floats on the local sewage treatment works, powering part of the…

Councils commit to climate change

TWO Western Sydney councils have joined a national program promising to take local action on climate change. Parramatta and Cumberland are the latest councils to join the Cities Power Partnership, run by the Climate Council, aimed at tackling the challenges of climate change. Cumberland mayor Greg Cummings said “exciting initiatives” were being developed to build…

EARTH FIRST: Powering down for an hour to make a real change

On Saturday evening we are invited to celebrate Earth Hour. Between 8.30pm and 9.30pm we are asked to turn off all our lights for a time when we can think about how climate change is affecting our planet, and what we can do about it as individuals and communities.  This year the theme for Earth…

Newcastle City Council to save with solar

Newcastle City Council has secured a $6.5 million loan from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) to help build the region’s biggest solar farm. The 5 MW installation, west of the city at the Summerhill Waste Management Centre, will significantly reduce Council’s annual $4 million electricity bill, after it doubled in the past two years. The…

Climate change isn’t coming, it’s here, says expert

YOU can forget about climate change being a future phenomenon, according to Professor Lesley Hughes.  “It’s a now phenomenon,” she said during her visit to Bathurst on Monday. She says the effects of climate change are already being seen in Australia – from more intense droughts to a longer bushfire season – and those impacts are only…

City looks to clean up at Tidy Town gongs

Kalgoorlie-Boulder was named the State’s tidiest town last year as part of the Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards, and this year is looking to earn itself a national title. National Tidy Towns judge Gail Langley recently visited and toured the city with KalgoorlieBoulder Urban Landcare Group chief executive Kim Eckert. Ms Eckert said the tour…

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