Use strategic and statutory planning processes to promote renewable energy - both at the residential, commercial and larger scale.
Provide council resources to educate and support the uptake of renewable energy, such as by hiring an internal renewable energy support officer or establishing an independent body (such as the Moreland and Yarra Energy Foundations).
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 facilities accessing renewable energy through incentives, support or grants.
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.
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 approval processes (such as removing planning and heritage barriers to solar PV).
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.
Opening up unused council managed land for renewable energy, for example land fills, and road reserves.
Facilitate large energy users collectively tendering and purchasing renewable energy at a low cost.
Set minimum renewable energy benchmarks for new developments, for example Denman Prospect, ACT requires every new house to install a minimum solar PV system.
Electrify public transport systems (for example buses operated by council) and fleet vehicles and power these by 100% renewable energy.
Lobby electricity providers and state government to address barriers to renewable energy take up at the local level (whether these be planning, technical, economic or policy related).
Identify opportunities to turn waste to energy.
Implement landfill gas methane flaring or capture for electricity generation.
Create a revolving green energy fund to finance renewable energy projects and receive $ savings.