A renewed pledge to reduce emissions
COFFS Harbour City Council has voted in favour of a strategy aimed at using 100% renewable energy in all council facilities by 2030.
The Coffs Harbour Renewable Energy and Emissions Reduction Plan offers the possibility, through long-term investment in energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy, for the council to significantly reduce both its emissions and energy costs.
The targets set by the plan include reducing the annual corporate CO2 emissions by 50% from 2010 levels by 2025 and for the council to use 100% renewable energy for its facilities by 2030.
Coffs Harbour City Council has a long history of seeking energy-efficient solutions.
In 2004, Coffs Harbour became the first council in Australia to introduce energy-efficient street lighting across its entire local government area.
In 2009, a landfill gas capture facility,the first of its kind on the Mid North Coast, was installed at the Coffs Coast Resource Recovery Park.
The next year, the largest public rooftop solar power array in NSW was installed on the top of Rigby House.
These solar panels create a saving of $30,000 per annum in electricity costs.
In addition, the council has installed solar photovoltaic power panels on the Castle St car park, at the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden and at Woolgoolga Lakeside Holiday Park.
The plan includes a number of new solar initiatives.
In the short term to 2020, it proposes that a priority list of council facilities that would be most suitable for the installation of solar panels is established.
In the longer term up to 2025, there is a proposal for a large-scale solar generation project of around 70 hectares in size. As part of that process, possible locations will need to be identified and detailed assessments of their suitability undertaken.