Newcastle says Summerhill solar farm will save it millions

WHEN Newcastle City Council announced its Summerhill solar array, I initially wondered whether it was core business for a council to operate a power station, whether it was solar or not. I knew that household solar panels were financially viable, meaning that larger...

Opinion: Funding shows faith in city’s smart vision

Newcastle City Council’s smart city strategy has taken another step forward with $5million in federal funding to help deploy digital technology to make life easier in our rapidly growing city.   Friday’s announcement by the Assistant Minister for Cities, Angus...

Newcastle wins $4.9m in smart transport funds

NEWCASTLE will claim more than $4.9 million in federal funds as part of its work to become a smart city. The Smart Cities and Suburbs funding, announced as part of a $28 million suite of grants on Friday, is one of 52 projects spread across the country that will...

Australia’s councils can drive down transport pollution: new report

Australia’s local councils can drive down transport pollution that is causing worsening climate change, according to a new report from the Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership. The new report, Waiting for the Green Light: Sustainable Transport Solutions...

New lights to give Newcastle council a $240,000 power bill cut

MORE than 5000 street lights in Newcastle will be replaced with LEDs, Newcastle City Council has announced. The move, designed to cut the council’s energy spend, will replace 5312 sodium and vapour lights in residential areas with the light-emitting diodes. They are...

Swan solar panels save money

IN just six weeks, the City of Swan says it has cut more than $4000 from its energy bill and reduced its CO2 emissions as a result of new rooftop solar panel systems across seven facilities. City of Swan Mayor David Lucas said with a total solar generation capacity of...

Building a climate resilient community

Amanda Lawrence, Local Emergency Management Officer at Wingecarribee Shire Council, talks about how her council is helping elderly residents to prepare for climate change. Climate change will affect almost every aspect of our daily lives, from higher temperatures and...

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...

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...

LOCAL COUNCILS RACE AHEAD WITH ELECTRIC VEHICLES

REGIONAL MAYORS are rallying together at the famous Mount Panorama racetrack in Bathurst today to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs). The Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership has brought council trailblazers together from New South Wales, Victoria...

Parkes Mayor talks renewable energy with ACT Government

Two regional mayors are in Canberra today to talk to the ACT Government about what lessons can be learned on renewable power and battery storage. The Mayors of Parkes and Lismore are meeting with ACT Minister Shane Rattenbury to talk about the Climate Council’s...

Climate action: Sub-national governments getting the job done

Released 01/03/2018 The ACT’s new partnership with Parkes Shire Council and Lismore City Council will enable all three cities to learn from each other to better tackle climate change, Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury said today. Minister...

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....

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...

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....

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...

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...
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