Partnership powering councils’ climate change action

A not-for-profit initiative supporting local government efforts to reduce emissions and adopt clean energy has been ‘overwhelmed’ by the interest from councils.

Strathbogie Shire, a picturesque rural municipality two hours from Melbourne, has shown that a community of just 10,000 can come together to tackle rising energy costs and climate change impacts.

The Strathbogie Shire Council partnered with the Yarra Energy Foundation and Cherry Energy Solutions to provide residents, businesses and farms with a trusted and secure renewable energy option – at a bulk buy price.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said the “Bogie Bulk Buy” aimed to assist residents in overcoming the knowledge barriers associated with purchasing solar.

Strathbogie is one of 35 local governments that were the first to sign up to the Cities Power Partnership, an initiative of the not-for-profit Climate Council to support councils to reduce emissions and adopt clean energy.

The initiative, which marks its one-year anniversary this week, is on track to hit 100 councils next month, according to director Alix Pearce.