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Council has made the switch to 100% GreenPower

Renewable Energy Nevertire.jpgWe've made the switch! As of Friday 1 July, all Council facilities and street/oval lights are now powered by 100% renewable energy. 

Lane Cove Council, along with 24 other participating councils, signed one of the largest renewable energy deals for local government that sees participating councils' retail electricity supplied by three NSW solar farms. 

The 'switch' came into effect from Friday 1 July, which means that all Council facilities in Lane Cove, including Lane Cove Leisure Aquatic Centre, are now powered by 100% renewable energy. This, combined with Council's other energy savings and own solar power generation projects, decreases Council's emissions by 73%, a significant advance on our 80% reduction target set for 2036.

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GreenPower for residents

Switching to 100% GreenPower is one of the most powerful actions you can take for a better environment.

No solar panels? No worries. You can still join the renewable energy revolution – with just a simple call to your electricity provider.

Rooftop solar isn't the only way you can power your home or business with renewable electricity. 

A GreenPower electricity plan is a simple alternative for residents and businesses unable to install solar panels – and it's a great supplementary option for rooftop-solar users too.

What is GreenPower?

GreenPower is an accredited and audited government scheme that enables Australian households and businesses to support the generation of electricity from renewable sources. When you opt for a GreenPower electricity plan from your electricity provider, your money goes to getting more renewably-sourced energy into the electricity grid.

How does GreenPower work?

In practical terms, a GreenPower electricity account works exactly the same as regular electricity. When your provider sells you GreenPower, it's simply pledging to source the equivalent amount of grid electricity from certified renewable sources like wind and solar.

Most electricity retailers now offer a GreenPower option which means there are no upfront costs and if you move to a different property you can get GreenPower right away. You can get GreenPower for your home whether you own it or not, as well as common areas in apartment buildings and for businesses.

What are my GreenPower purchase options?

Although not all electricity retailers advertise GreenPower, most offer it. You can find a full list on the GreenPower website. If you're happy with your current retailer, speak to them to find out whether they offer GreenPower.

If you'd like to shop around and care about the cost the most, check out the Australian government's Energy Made Easy comparison tool (make sure to choose a GreenPower option). Alternatively, if your focus is on the overall environmental performance, ethics and policies of a company the most, you may find the Green Electricity Guide helpful.

How much does GreenPower cost?

Typically, GreenPower costs average around 4 or 5 cents per kWh on top of your current electricity rate. To work out what this will cost you, take your daily, average electricity usage and multiply it by 5 cents. 

Why is signing up for GreenPower important?

  • Signing up to a GreenPower electricity plan is one of the biggest actions you can take against climate change.

  • Signing up for GreenPower sends a signal to the energy market that consumers want to use green electricity. Not only are you using renewable electricity, but you're telling the market to add more energy from renewable sources into the electricity grid to cover your use.

  • When you purchase GreenPower, you're supporting the development and ongoing operation of renewable energy generators. This brings direct investment into regional communities through construction and management jobs.

Whilst my energy consumption is quite small, I feel every effort, even small changes, helps the bigger picture re: climate change. It was dead simple to change - a 5 minute call, they gave me a comparison of the price changes, for me it's really not a huge overall price change. Carol. 

What should I do now?

  • Check if your current provider has Greenpower options

  • Contact them and ask for GreenPower to be added to your current contract.

  • Shop around by visiting the Australian government's Energy Made Easy comparison tool (make sure to choose a GreenPower option) or visit the Green Electricity guide

  • Contact a supplier and ask for a GreenPower contract.

  • Sit back and enjoy the feeling that comes with reducing your emissions and supporting Australia's renewable energy industry.