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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…

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…

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…

Summerhill solar farm gets go ahead as landmark project receives federal loan

NEWCASTLE’S largest solar farm project has received a massive shot in the arm with millions in federal finance to flow towards the landmark proposal. The Newcastle Herald can reveal the Clean Energy Finance Corporation will loan Newcastle City Council $6.5 million to get the project at Summerhill tip off the ground. The council will also announce on Wednesday the…

Shire engages in a climate of change

The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale has moved to address climate change at a local level by joining a network of progressive and likeminded councils tackling the issue head on. The shire became the newest member of the Cities Power Partnership, a group of 70 local governments across the country seeking to transform Australia’s energy future….

Victoria lagging behind NSW in climate change initiative

The Climate Council wants North East residents to nominate their local councils to join the Cities Power Partnership. The initiative, which requires councils to make five pledges towards renewable energy goals and report back on progress, began in 2017. Albury was among the first councils to join and Wagga has just signed on in the…

Logan City Council joins Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership

LOGAN City Council will be sharing its experience of energy saving technologies as part of a national network of council’s tackling climate change. The council, along with Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Cairns, has joined the Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership, which is working towards cutting Australia’s rising pollution levels. Mayor Luke Smith said Logan City Council had…

Changes to council energy use planned under new power partnership

BATHURST Regional Council has become one of the 70 councils across Australia to sign up to the Cities Power Partnership. New member councils – also including Orange, City of Sydney, Brisbane and Darwin – were announced at Lismore on Tuesday during the launch of Australia’s largest floating solar farm. Climate councillor and international climate scientist Professor Will Steffen…

Council joins statewide partnership to fight climate change

SUNSHINE Coast Council has made a commitment to help fight climate change, as it joins a network of 70 Queensland councils in the Cities Power Partnership. The council this week signed up to the partnership, pledging to take action on renewable energy, energy efficiency, transport and collaboration to fight climate change. In return the Cities…

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