100% Renewable Energy City

Western Australia’s City Of Bayswater has voted to support a draft Renewable Energy and Emission Reduction Position and Action Statement (PAAS).

The purpose of the PAAS was to propose a staged approach to achieve:

  • a corporate renewable energy target of 100% by 2030.
  • a corporate greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 100% by 2040.

The envisioned stages:

  • Stage 1 will involve the development of the City’s emission profile and adoption of interim emission reduction and renewable energy targets.
  • Stage 2 will see the preparation of an Emissions Reduction and Renewable Energy (ERRE) plan, along with an initial business case for options.
  • Stage 3 involves implementation, monitoring and reporting on actions undertaken by the City.

Aside from emissions reduction, there’s generally a strong financial case for making a switch to renewables. Currently, Council spends about $4 million a year on energy; a figure that also includes non-electricity related energy costs.

Commercial solar installations could play a significant role in achieving the 100% renewable energy target. The agenda for the council meeting states:

“It should be noted that the use of solar panels is already supported with a business case of a return on investment between 3 to 5 years and an expected lifecycle of 20-25 years.”

The agenda also notes 60kW of solar panel capacity is already funded for 2019/20.

City of Bayswater ratepayers are already well and truly on the solar power bandwagon. According to APVI, approximately 21% of dwellings in the LGA had solar panels installed at June 2019.

The City of Bayswater is also considering becoming a member of the Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership. The initiative, which costs councils nothing to join, is a national program bringing together Australian towns and cities making the switch to clean energy.