Which town or city in Australia has got the best and brightest climate project going? It’s official – the City of Mitcham SA, Community Renewables Program devised in partnership with ShineHub, takes out the Climate Council’s 2023 Cities Power Partnership Community Choice Award and the Renewable Energy Achievement Award.
The Renewable Energy Achievement award showcases the top renewable energy programs in the past year from Councils around Australia. Judged by an expert panel of energy and sustainability experts, the Mitcham Renewable Energy Program was selected as a game changing initiative for Australia’s renewable energy future.
Even more impressive, Mitcham also took out the Community Choice Award. Drawing entries from member councils across Australia this award recognises outstanding council-led initiatives in the sustainability space, across a range of categories.
With 8 fantastic projects in the running, the public vote is in! Mitcham took out the top honours by a landslide, a testament to the fact that Council Solar Programs like the Mitcham Renewables Program are highly desired and respected, and key to promoting renewable energy adoption at scale. You can read more about the Community Renewables Program and the awards here.
Through the deployment of solar panels, batteries, Virtual Power Plant solutions, and EV charging infrastructure – Mitcham in partnership with ShineHub – are paving the way for other councils to follow suit to create their own renewable energy success stories.
The Mitcham Renewables Program results
763 local residents participated in the program, with 753 electing to install a battery and join ShineHub’s Virtual Power Plant (VPP). This volume of storage will supply enough on-demand power to offset the output of 3 diesel power plants – a massive win for sustainability in the local council.
- 4,000+ registrations of interest
- 531 Solar panel + battery systems
- 222 Battery-only systems (people retrofitting existing solar panel systems by adding a battery)
- This single project is expected to save an estimated $100 million for residents over the 25-year life of the panels.
Want to launch your own Program?
Help your Council meet renewable energy targets and carbon emissions reduction goals, while at the same time empowering residents to save on their energy bills and achieve more energy independence.Visit shinehub.com.au/council-solar-programs/ to find out more. For seamless implementation of your own Renewables Program leverage our free Council Toolkit for Community Solar Programs, created in collaboration with Mitcham Council. You can get the toolkit here.
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