Renewables and emissions updates

The City of Adelaide has announced a plan to become what is said will make it the first South Australian council to switch to 100 percent renewable electricity for its operations from 1 July 2020.

It’s part of the City’s goal to become one of the world’s first carbon neutral cities, and follows recent actions including installing 1.1 MW of solar panels, 5,000 LED street lights, and energy efficiency upgrades to buildings.

“Through a Virtual Generation Agreement with Flow Power, the Council will power all Council event infrastructure, electric vehicle chargers, barbecues in the Park Lands, water pumps, street lighting and traffic lights with renewables,” Flow Power said on 5 February.

Flow Power also has agreements with the City of Newcastle (NSW) and the City of Sydney and buys renewable energy from sources including a wind farm in northwestern NSW and solar farms near Wagga Wagga and Nowra.

Meanwhile, the City of Sydney this week lopped a decade off its plan to reach net zero emissions in 2040, from its original 2050.

“The accelerated target will form part of the City’s new strategic plan, Sustainable Sydney 2050 – it’s our responsibility to do all we can to reduce emissions steeper and sooner,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore tweeted.

Last year the City of Sydney signed a deal with Flow Power, effective 1 July 2020, that council said would save ratepayers half a million dollars over a decade, and cut emissions by 20,000 tonnes a year.