What council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy or broader sustainability.
Local government has and will continue to be an important driver for climate change action. Since 2012/13 Council has invested over $300k in energy efficiency and solar power projects across council operations delivering a net present value of over $345k for quantifiable projects. This investment has also leveraged state and federal grants and rebates of over $290k. Council actively supports working in innovative ways with its community. For example the Tathra Community Solar Farm is one such example where Council successfully worked with Clean Energy for Eternity to create an innovative community driven project. This project was a NSW Green Globe Award Winner in 2015.
What council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy or broader sustainability.
Council is keen to continue to be a leader in local efforts to address climate change – both through its legislated responsibility and as an opportunity to help the local community be prepared to meet the challenges of the future. To support longer term opportunities and cost savings Council staff are investigating a path towards 100% renewable energy via a Clean Energy Strategy.
Why council joined the Cities Power Partnership.
CPP provides Council with the ability to connect with other local governments from around Australia to share knowledge and to enhance our own local programs. This access to networks and support will help accelerate the success we have already seen in the Bega Valley. CPP also promotes the important role local government has and will continue to have in delivering best practice and meaningful action on climate change.