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City looks to solar for future energy The City of Canterbury Bankstown has signed on to the Our Energy Future Program, aimed at helping local residents become more energy efficient and access renewable energy. No  

​ The City of Canterbury Bankstown has signed on to the Our Energy Future Program, aimed at helping local residents become more energy efficient and access renewable energy. 

The Our Energy Future initiative is a collaboration between Positive Charge and Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC) member councils, including Canterbury-Bankstown, to provide residents in the region with advice on renewable energy and energy efficient technologies. 

Administrator, Richard Colley, said as part of the 18-month trial program, Council would also host a number of workshops in the area towards the end of the year. 

“We will be encouraging residents to bring their energy bills and talk to experts about what they can do to reduce the amount and cost of the energy they use,” Mr Colley said. 

“They will also get the chance to connect with various trusted suppliers of solar power, solar hot water, energy audits, insulation and other energy-saving products, to improve energy efficiency in their homes and work place.” 

Mr Colley said both the energy use and solar power uptake in the area could be much better. 

“Domestic energy use across the city is currently above the Sydney average, and while our solar power uptake is at the NSW average of nine per cent, it’s less than half that of neighboring Liverpool and Fairfield Council areas and the national average of 16.5 per cent,” Mr Colley said. 

“We are one of the founding signatories for this plan and have been committed to investing in a greener future for our community from the very start. 

“The regional goal is that by 2030, we will be using a minimum of 30 per cent of energy from renewable sources, but we need to act now and work together to make this happen, and I think through Our Energy Future, we are already on our way.” 

In the near future, Council will be installing another four solar power systems on the rooves of key centres across the City, doubling the amount of solar energy it uses, and is encouraging residents to think about doing the same. 

“Domestic energy prices have doubled in the last four years, and are expected to rise again in 2018. We want to work with residents to minimise the impact of these price rises and create a more sustainable City,” Mr Colley said. 

For more information on how best to reduce your energy bills and make your home or business more green, go to or call Our Energy Future free on 1300 339 915. 

 15/08/2017 11:07 AM