Since 1 January, Byron Shire Council is sourcing 60% of its total electricity needs from one wind farm in the NSW Southern Tablelands (pictured above). The remaining 40% is being sourced from certified GreenPower projects. This means Council has now achieved its 100% renewable energy target five years ahead of its 2027 goal.
“Achieving 100 percent of our energy needs from renewable sources also means we are making good progress towards our objectives in the Net Zero Emissions Action Plan for Council Operations 2025,” said Byron Shire Mayor, Michael Lyon. “It certainly gives me hope that when we put our minds to it, we can make real changes to address climate change and reduce our carbon footprint.
“Demand-management is very important too, and to that end, we are reducing our energy usage across Council this year by implementing new energy efficiency measures at the Mullumbimby Administration Building, continuing our innovative pump station renewal program and progressing the bulk lighting upgrade for Byron’s street lights,” he added.