Martin Haese

Adelaide City Council has trumped other Australian cities with generous direct incentives for initiatives such as battery solar storage, solar PV, energy upgrades for apartment buildings, LED lights car battery installation, available to city residents, businesses schools and community organisations.

Worth up to $5000 for solar PV and battery storage, the moves places the council at the forefront of feisty initiatives to make Adelaide and the state sustainability leaders.

On Friday the state government in South Australia brought down a budget that was strong on green and sustainability measures and it’s a nod to the SA government’s commitment earlier this year to “work towards a carbon neutral Adelaide”.

Lord Mayor Martin Haese said responding to climate change was essential for the environmental and economic future of Adelaide.

“We are on the cusp of an energy revolution,” Mr Martin said. “Just as we capture and store the rain water that falls on our roofs, we can capture the sun’s energy and store it until we need it, making continuous availability of carbon-free renewable energy a reality.

“Energy storage coupled with renewables is a game changer for the way the world reduces carbon emissions.”

He said more than 27 per cent of South Australian households already had solar PV on their roof and the state was “perfectly positioned to embrace the next era”.

“I am proud to lead the first Australian government to offer such comprehensive incentives.”

“Council is determined that we will continue to be a leader in climate action, and our expanded incentives to further encourage the Adelaide’s businesses and community early adopters,” he said.

The City had reduced its own carbon emissions by 60 per cent and energy consumption since by 10.3 per cent since 2009/2010 and the community had cut its emissions by 27 per cent.

The Sustainable City Incentives Scheme will provide:

  • Up to $5000 for installing solar PV
  • Up to $5000 for installing energy storage
  • Up to $500 per electric vehicle charging controller
  • Up to $5000 for apartment building energy efficiency upgrades
  • Up to $1000 for changing out quartz halogen downlights to LED downlights

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  1. Well done to Adelaide City Council – this is a watershed moment for Australia and inspiring leadership in the face of the current Federal Government’s stance on renewables, carbon and climate change.

  2. [2] Energy storage does not only mean batteries. In a climate where heating is required for part of the year, hot water energy storage is cheaper and appropriate when teamed with hydronic radiator room heating as in most of Europe and elsewhere. It is easy to achieve several days of storage with reasonable volumes – perhaps 1 or 2 m^3 for a well insulated 2 bedroom house.
    Where cooling is required in mid summer, simply turn a few of the panels around to face west and air conditioners can run from solar power till almost sundown.

  3. Adelaide City Council should be commended but needs to remember two things. [1] Downlights were initially used for shop window displays, highlighting individual items, for which their intense highly directional light is ideal. Such light is NOT ideal for general illumination in a domestic environment however and the Council should be encouraging people to go back to pendant lights which use the ceiling to reflect and hence diffuse the light from the “light bulb”. Compare the single pendant light to the miriad of downlight fittings required in most situations. A pendant light is also most suited to dissipating the heat generated in LED lamps compared to a downlight which is enclosed within the ceiling. Downlights also require gaps and heat loss/gain in what would otherwise be continuous ceiling insulation.

  4. Great news – how many other councils are leading the way forward. Any information is good ammunition for our own councils.. from the Lockyer Valley in Qld.

    Will the big solar project for S.A. get up this Year?

  5. A wonderful good news story. Adelaide CC leading the way on supporting renewable energy. I hope other local councils will follow and ban together for grass root changes, showing our federal government how out of touch they are with the people.