Powering Kingston with green energy
20 August 2020
Kingston is excited to announce that from next year all the city’s street lighting and Council’s large buildings across the city will be powered by 100% renewable energy.
The City of Kingston has recently signed a new power purchase agreement with Procurement Australia and sustainability-driven energy provider Alinta, that will see the city powered largely by Victorian wind farms for the next ten years.
Kingston Mayor Georgina Oxley said the time was right to make a long-term commitment to using clean energy to power our streetlights and buildings in Kingston.
“From January 2021 our street lighting will be switched over to 100% renewable power with our large building sites rolled over in July,” said Cr Oxley. “This will mean at least 80% of Council's electricity needs will be provided by renewables, which is a fantastic result and something we know the Kingston community is really passionate about.”
The 10-year agreement will also provide Council with price and supply certainty in what has been a volatile energy market over the last decade.
“Sourcing Kingston’s energy requirements from 100% renewable electricity is an important response to our Climate and Ecological Emergency declaration,” Cr Oxley said. Our existing commitment is to reduce corporate emissions to zero by 2050, this gets us a significant step towards this goal and allows us to consider a more ambitious target in the Emergency Response Plan.”
The power purchase agreement compliments other action Council has already taken to minimise its greenhouse gas emissions including replacing street lights with LED and investing $500,000 to install solar panels on buildings across the municipality.