What we’re doing
Orange City Council is proud to have invested in renewable energy over recent years.
Most recently, the Council Works Depot in McLachlan Street had a large array of solar panels installed. This 35-kilowatt system of 140 panels saved more than
$5000 in electricity costs in the first quarter, money that will be reinvested in new energy programs across the council.
The recent Council Works project complements photovoltaic installations at the Home and Community Care Centre, childcare centres and Clover Hill function centre that have been delivering energy and cost savings for several years.
We will continue to look for ways to increase our investment in renewable energy and transition from fossil fuel intensive power generation and we welcome suggestions from the community on new opportunities for Orange.
What you can do
The most practical way for the average household, school or business to reduce greenhouse emissions is to purchase accredited renewable energy, or 'green power’, from your electricity provider. For a few extra dollars per bill, your electricity provider will purchase energy produced from a renewable source on your behalf.
If you’d prefer to go one step further, perhaps investigate installing solar energy at home or at your workplace.
Generate energy right where you use it
The Australian Government continues to support households to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and hot water systems under the small-scale technology certificates scheme. Retailers usually offer an upfront discount on systems in exchange for these certificates.
If you are considering installing solar panels or solar hot water for your home or business, the following links may be helpful:
- Australian Government’s handy Guide to Installing Solar PV for Households
- Australian PV Association’s photovoltaic basics, guidelines and standards
- Australian Solar Council - visit their site to learn the latest on what’s happening with the solar sector.
Solar is looking good for business
Aside from purchasing accredited renewable energy (Green Power), it is a great investment to consider solar for your business, especially if you are an owner occupier.
You only need to fly over the cities and towns of Australia to see that many businesses are taking up the opportunities offered by commercial-scale solar photovoltaics. For many businesses with high electricity costs, the rapid return on investment in solar can make the decision to do the right thing for the environment a great decision for the bottom line.
The Australian Government has provided small businesses incentives to automatically depreciate up to $20,000 worth of assets until June 2017. This could mean solar for your office, warehouse or even contribute to investment in solar farms.
Disclaimer: The information offered in this article is of a general nature. Residents are encouraged to seek independent advice when considering these measures.