‘Go Solar’ for win at national climate awards

Cities Power Partnership | Climate Council


INNER WEST Council has gained a national climate accolade for its community engagement at the prestigious Cities Power Partnership Awards last night.

The Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership Awards recognise the work of climate heroes in local governments across the country who are transforming Australia’s energy landscape.

Go Solar, a series of council-led community engagement initiatives, is this year’s Community Engagement award winner for its work increasing solar in the community by 11 per cent in the year from 2018-9 to 2019-20.

The initiative aims to break down barriers to help renters and apartment dwellers install solar in the Inner West.

Inner West Council’s Mayor Darcy Byrne said the program reflects Council’s commitment to make Inner West a national leader in environmental policy.

“Our Go Solar initiatives are part of our target to increase the amount of solar generated in our local government area by 1000 per cent, from 11 megawatts to 121 megawatts, over the next decade,” said Mayor Byrne.

“We also have committed to becoming 100 per cent carbon neutral in 2025, having already become the first council in Australia to achieve 100 per cent divestment from fossil fuels in June 2019.

“Inner West Council is taking serious actions on climate change by thinking globally but acting locally.”

Awards host, ABC Fight for Planet A presenter Craig Reucassel congratulated Inner West City Council, noting that the winning entry was a shining example of community engagement in a competitive field of entrants.

“Inner West’s initiatives shows how local governments can make massive inroads when it comes to driving more solar in communities, which deliver not only major emissions reductions but also significant cost savings for local residents and businesses,” Mr Reucassel said.

More than double the number of local governments entered the awards this year compared to last, showing how local governments are stepping up, even in the difficult circumstances of 2020, and playing a vital role in Australia’s climate solution.

“The local climate solutions on display at these awards are tangible proof that Australian communities are rising up to meet the challenges of climate change,” Mr Reucassel said.

“The best part is that when one council finds a solution, many more can follow. As we see through innovative renewable energy deals or novel ways to help the community transition to net zero emissions, this sector is leading the way with practical local climate solutions.”

The Cities Power Partnership Awards celebrated outstanding work from local governments in the fields of renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable transport, community engagement and innovation as well as individual climate champion awards.


  • Renewable Energy Achievement Award

Winner: Next Gen Energy Storage Program, ACT Government

  • Winner:Energy Efficiency Achievement

    Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme, ACT Government

  • Sustainable Transport Achievement Award

Winner: Smart Moves Newcastle, City of Newcastle

  • Community Engagement Achievement Award

Winner: The Butterfly Effect, Albert Park Kindergarten and City of Port Phillip

  • Project Financing Innovation Award

Winner: Carbon Revolving Reserve, Blue Mountains City Council

  • Ambassador Award (elected representative)

Winner: Cr Tony Wellington, Mayor of Noosa Shire Council

  • Climate Champion Award (council staff)

    Winner: Adam Clarke, Program Coordinator, City Innovation and Sustainability, City of Newcastle


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