Climate Summit for Local Government

Sept 6-8, 2023 | Melbourne

Orange City Council's climate and sustainability commitments

Orange City Council is part of the Cities Power Partnership, Australia's largest network of councils leading the way to a sustainable future

  • Traditional Owners Wiradjuri People
  • Member since 2017
  • Population 42,809

Our journey

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.


Council has committed to the following Cities Power Partnership pledges:

Renewable energy
Power council operations by renewable energy, and set targets to increase the level of renewable power for council operations over time.
Energy Efficiency
Adopt best practice energy efficiency measures across all council buildings, and support community facilities to adopt these measures.
Roll out energy efficient lighting across the municipality.
Work Together and Influence
Develop education and behaviour-change programs to support local residents and businesses to tackle climate change through clean energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport.

In the news


Cities Power Partnership on track, says Nugent

28 Apr 2020
Orange City Council on track cut electricity costs and the city's carbon footprint, as part of the Cities Power Partnership program.

EARTH FIRST: Powering down for an hour to make a real change

03 Apr 2018
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…
Media Release

Changes to council energy use planned under new power partnership

09 Feb 2018
BATHURST Regional Council has become one of the 70 councils across Australia to sign up to the Cities Power Partnership. New member councils – also including Orange,…

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