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Climate emergency and our green city plan

Posted: Wednesday, 23 October 2019

We are pleased to announce that on Thursday 17 October 2019, Willoughby City Council passed a motion to declare a climate emergency. Council also agreed to write to the federal and NSW governments calling on them to act urgently to address climate change and its impacts.

To address this challenge, Council already has a number of programs to reach our emissions and renewable targets as outlined in Our Green City Plan 2028.

One of the projects is to increase the amount of solar PV on Council facilities. Council currently has 368kW of solar PV installed:

  • 166kW system on Westfield carpark, Chatswood
  • 7kW on Northbridge Baths
  • 195kW on Council’s Gibbes Street Depot

These systems are working towards our renewable energy targets - 20% by 2020 and 50% by 2028 for Council operations.

We also have a target for our community to achieve a 100% increase in solar PV capacity compared to a 2017/18 baseline. This translates to 11,766 kW capacity by 2023 (we are currently at 8460 kW capacity). Council has partnered with the Australian Energy Foundation to provide free and reliable solar advice to support and advise residents interested in installing solar on their homes to help achieve this target. We also run regular solar information sessions, with the next scheduled for Wednesday 30 October. Bookings can be made online.

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