Solar mapping tool
Council became a Cities Power Partner to tackle climate change on a local scale by ensuring Lane Cove is implementing renewable energy projects as well as striving to improve our energy efficiency. We see this partnership as a way to work with other Councils to ensure idea sharing and to inspire residents in the community to become involved and educated about energy efficiency, sustainable transport and renewable energy in their lives. Our residents choose to live in Lane Cove because of the natural environment at their doorsteps so it is vital that these ecosystems are protected for the future.
Council has committed to the following Cities Power Partnership pledges
Provide incentives and/or remove barriers to encourage local businesses to take up solar power and battery storage.
Lane Cove’s free online service, the Solar Mapping Tool help residents and businesses to estimate the potential for solar electricity generation on their roof.
Roll out energy efficient lighting across the municipality.
Lane Cove Council are embarking on a three year project to replace inefficient street lights on residential roads with LED lights.
Install renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) on council buildings.
Support the local community to develop capacity and skills to tackle climate change.
What council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy or broader sustainability
Lane Cove Council identifies energy efficiency, sustainable transport and renewable energy alongside other sustainability targets in its 2016 – 2021 Sustainability Action Plan. Council’s Sustainability Levy has been used to fund projects to achieve these goals including:
- The Market Square Car Park LED and Smart Lighting Upgrade
- Installation of solar panels on Council buildings and assets including the Library, Council’s highest energy consuming building
- Sustainable Building Advisory Service, a free service for residents which provides sustainable building advice from a qualified architect or building designer. The service is offered to residents who are planning to build or renovate their home
- A Sustainability Small Grants Program to enable residents and community groups to achieve positive environmental outcomes
- Council’s Bike Plan
- Regular community information sessions and workshops on topics including energy efficiency and renewable energy at home
- Council has just began a Solar Mapping project with the Australian Photovoltaic Institute which will allow residents to determine optimal solar system size and location on their home
What Council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy or broader sustainability
Council will be aiming to reduce emissions, increase the access to and usage of sustainable transport and increase the use of renewable energy on Council assets and sites where possible. We want to inspire residents to install renewable energy in their homes and ensure the community is well educated in energy efficiency and the benefits of transitioning to a more sustainable lifestyle.
What council hopes to gain from being a member of the Cities Power Partnership
Council sees the value in being a member of a nationwide program where information sharing is paramount and leads to idea sharing to help Council achieve targets of decreased power and water use at all buildings and assets. Council is excited to choose its five key actions and discover how these can result in targets being achieved in its Sustainability Action Plan.