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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…

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…

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…

Shire seeks ‘key actions’ for climate change

MORNINGTON Peninsula Shire is choosing five “key actions” after joining the Australia-wide Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership. The shire’s membership was announced at a ceremony in Lismore, NSW making it one of 70 municipalities networking to tackle climate change. While there were no shire representatives at Lismore, the mayor Cr Bryan Payne said “we are…

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…

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…

Floating solar farm set to shine

Australia’s largest floating solar farm to be launched in northern NSW has the backing of a network of 70 councils – representing more than 7.5 million people – who are pledging to cut greenhouse gas pollution in their backyards. The project in Lismore is being buoyed by the Cities Power Partnership, which at Tuesday’s launch…

Residents invest in their solar future

Strathbogie Shire Council has hit week 15 of the 12-month Bogie Bulk Buy solar program. In more than three months, a total of 392kW of solar panelling has been installed, or is scheduled to be installed. This will see an estimated 18734tonnes of CO2 emissions avoided during the life of these solar systems, which are…

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