Orange City Council
Is a Power Partner
Everyone can achieve more when they work together. That’s why Orange City Council decided to join forces with other councils, which put their hands up to join the City Power Partnership. Because that’s what it is- a partnership. We’ll be working together, sharing each other’s success and making sure we all get the best advice going forward into creating more environmentally sustainable cities.Mayor Reg Kidd
Partnership Action Pledge
Our power partners are committed to switching to non-polluting energy and reducing emissions in their communities.
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.
Adopt best practice energy efficiency measures across all Council buildings, and support community facilities to adopt these measures.
Public lighting can use a large proportion of a City’s energy budget - roll out energy efficient lighting (particularly street lighting) across the municipality.
Ensure that new developments are designed to maximise public and active transport use, and are designed to support electric vehicle uptake
Implement an education and behaviour change program to influence the behaviour of Council officers, local residents and businesses within the municipality to drive the shift to renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport.
Orange City Council
What council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability
Orange City Council has made good ground in making the city more energy efficient by embracing renewable energy technologies. The Council has under taken energy audits across the organisation and has a Distributed Energy Plan. This plan is designed to help the Council reduce its energy costs and improve environmental benefits through introducing locally generated alternatives. Examples of this in action include a 100kW solar power installation at the Orange Aquatic Centre along with a Power Purchase Agreement and a 140 panel installation of solar panels on its depot roof.
Council’s childcare centres also have solar panels installed and Council is in the process of implementing its new Building management System which has begun with the installation of timers on hot water systems.
What council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability
Council is in the initial stages of implementing a switch to LED bulbs in the city’s streetlights. It would be beneficial to see a Northern Lights Project equivalent come to the Orange region. Our sewer and water staff are planning two 35kW solar arrays to power parts of our network. The Council is in the process of installing electric car chargers within the CBD.
The Council’s 5 pledges will also facilitate it increasing its efforts in education about energy efficiency
What council hopes to gain from being a member of the Cities Power Partnership
Orange City Council hopes to work with other member councils to achieve common goals in conserving energy but also to learn from the experiences of others. Orange City Council hopes to take advantage of this collaborative approach to embrace and benefit from renewable energy. The Council aims to reduce its impact on the environment as well as saving significant resources and benefiting its residents.