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Alice Springs awarded by the Australian Solar Cities Initiative

June 20, 2007

Alice Springs is to receive $US 10.4 million ($AUS 12.3 million) of Commonwealth funding, in addition to more than $US 14.3 million ($AUS 17 million ) raised by a consortium comprising the Council and other Australia Northern Territory organizations.

The Solar City Initiative trial in Alice Springs will place solar photovoltaic panels on 230 homes and businesses, install 1,000 solar hot water systems, roll out 400 smart meters and provide solar installations to generate heat and power for the Alice Springs airport, the Araluen Arts Precint, the Town Pool and the Ilparpa Sewerage Treatment facility.

Fossil fuel based power are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. Green power from renewable energy sources emit no or low greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants. Green power can include electricity generated exclusively from renewable resources including wind, hydro-electric or solar power – or electricity produced from a combination of fossil and renewable resources. For more information on the generation and use of green power at the local level, please visit www.iclei.org/ccp.

Alice Springs is one of 95 local governments in Australia that are currently Members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. For more information on ICLEI and its activities in Australia, please visit www.iclei.org/australia.

Source:  “Alice Springs Town Council awarded in Solar Cities Initiative”, CCP Australia News, 17 May 2007.

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