A bunch of solar panels could be appearing at various Kempsey Shire Council sites in the not-too-distant future after Council‚Äôs adoption of a Long-term Renewable Energy and Water Strategy.
The Kempsey Shire local government area is situated in the mid north coast region of New South Wales. Covering an area of 3,380 square kilometres, the Shire is home to around 20,000.
Council joined the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) Sustainable Councils and Communities Program in February this year and subsequently engaged 100% Renewables to assist in the development of a long-term strategy, which was adopted at a Council meeting yesterday.
Actions in the Strategy include:
The Strategy offers short-, medium- and long-term solutions, with solar PV featuring in each. It notes Council-operated sites have scope for ~650-860 kW of solar power capacity, which could generate 1,050 MWh to 1,400 MWh of electricity per year. There‚Äôs also an additional 90 to 160 kW of solar capacity technically feasible at tourist parks and swimming pools.
Kempsey Shire Council‚Äôs Long-term Renewable Energy and Water Strategy can be viewed here.
‚ÄúWhile Council is not solely responsible for implementing actions to reduce carbon emissions for the entire Shire, Council has a leadership role to play in looking at its own practices to reduce energy emissions where possible,‚ÄĚ said Manager Strategic and Asset Planning, Erin Fuller.
Council doesn‚Äôt have much in the way of solar capacity yet ‚Äď 50kW on its Dangar Street Depot installed in 2013 ‚Äď but PV is pretty popular across the LGA. The Strategy notes 4,004 systems as at September 2020, representing almost 17.7MW of installed capacity. In the 2440 postcode, which includes Kempsey, more than 2,843 solar systems had been installed with a collective capacity of 13.5MW as at the end of August.