Canberra aims for 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025The ACT government has announced plans to make Canberra the first capital city in the country to be 100 per cent powered by renewable energy by 2025.

What the Raiders lack on the pitch, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government is more than making up for when it comes to green energy.

Canberra first city to go 100 per cent renewable

On August 22, 2015, the state’s officials announced plans to make Canberra the first capital city in the country to be 100 per cent powered by renewable electricity by 2025. The city of around 380,000 will source its power from large-scale solar and wind power stations, reducing the environmental impact associated with traditional energy production methods.

From an environmental point of view, there are many benefits to adopting a sustainable energy system, but Chief Minister of ACT Andrew Barr also explained the economic advantages.

“We’ve already seen a 400 percent increase in renewable energy jobs in the past five years, and there will be more to come. Canberra can and should be a beacon for everyone who realises the world must act decisively now to stave off a future of catastrophic climate change,” said Mr Barr.

“The ACT Labor government is doing everything we can to ensure future generations aren’t burdened with the consequences of global warming,

How will the city produce the necessary power?

It’s an ambitious move, but the government has already taken steps towards achieving its goal. According to the ACT government’s Environment and Planning Directorate, wind farms capable of creating 800 megawatts (MW) of energy have already been constructed or are in the planning stages, while facilities able of generating an additional 1700 MW are also in the pipeline.

Further wind and solar power stations will be commissioned in the years to come in order to meet the 100 per cent renewable target.

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