The City of Bayswater has introduced a fully electric car and two electric bikes to its fleet in a step toward 100% renewable energy by 2030. Staff are using these greener modes of transport to travel between meetings and City buildings.
Both the car and the e-bikes are fuelled entirely by solar energy, thanks to the recent addition of 64 kilowatt solar panels to the roof of the Civic Centre, tripling the size of the previous system.
City of Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull said these small changes were part of the City’s commitment to achieving a renewable energy target of 100% by 2030 for the City’s operations.
“We have a responsibility to deliver sustainable cost effective services to our community.
“We want to make sure the City’s everyday operations do not contribute to climate change; so we are taking steps to address the issue at a local level.
“Eventually, we want to see the City’s entire fossil fuelled fleet replaced with a fleet charged with renewable energy. This approach is both financially and environmentally sensible.
“Our goal is to reach 100% renewable energy by 2030 (over 10 years) and net zero carbon emissions by 2040 (over 20 years).”
Ten City buildings now have solar panels, reducing the City’s total energy costs by more than $100K annually and carbon emissions by approximately 320 tonnes per year.
The City offers subsidies for residents to convert to solar power in their own homes through the Switch Your Thinking program. Visit switchyourthinking.com/our-projects/rewards-for-residents for details.