Canberra is at the forefront of responding to climate change with ACT government pledging 100% renewables for the city by 2025.
According to Fairfax, this would make Canberra the first Australian capital to be powered entirely from renewable sources.
Canberra’s current target is 90% renewables by 2020, while the City of Sydney pledged to use 100% renewable energy by 2030. South Australia’s target is 50% by 2025, while Queensland is aiming for 50% by 2030.
“We can do this. We have shown it’s possible – now we have one small step left,” said chief minister Andrew Barr.
“Canberra can and should be a beacon for everyone who realises the world must act decisively now to stave off a future of catastrophic climate change.”
The Labor government is concentrating on buying power from five or six wind farms as well as three solar farms to fast-track the Canberra goal. The move will add an additional $240 a year to the average power bill in the capital by 2020, but will see to a growth in research and corporate employment, with Canberra already reporting a 400% increase in renewable energy jobs in the last five years, according to Fairfax.
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