- Last updated:
- 29 Jan 2020
Council adopted the Sunshine Coast Energy Transition Plan 2010-2020 in December 2010.
The Energy Transition Plan provides the policy support for the Sunshine Coast Solar Farm Project. It also informed Council’s preparation of its Environment and Liveability Strategy.
View the Sunshine Coast Energy Transition Plan 2010-20.
The Sunshine Coast’s population and economy has expanded rapidly in the past few decades. This has led to an increase in energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
Cheap energy, in the form of electricity and fuel, has underpinned that expansion. This is showing signs of coming to an end with both electricity and fuel prices becoming more volatile and rising.
Moving to cleaner and renewable energy is the way forward. It will help prepare the Coast for a low carbon, low oil future — creating diverse economic opportunities in the high value cleantech industry along the way.
The Energy Transition Plan recognises that a global energy transition is occurring. This energy transition is being driven by two global concerns:
- climate change
- oil supply vulnerability.
It presents local challenges and opportunities for the region.
Council has progressively implemented the actions outlined in the plan. Most notable of which is the Sunshine Coast Solar Farm project. The 15 megawatt solar farm offsets council's entire consumption of electricity each year. It was the first utility scale solar farm built by a Local Government in Australia.
It complements the 50,000 solar rooftops installed by the Sunshine Coast community over the past ten years. These developments substantially contribute towards the Sunshine Coast Council’s vision to be the most sustainable region in Australia – vibrant, green, diverse.
The future risks associated with peak oil and the ensuing energy transition are explained in the Peak Oil Background Study.
The Draft Energy Transition Plan was available for public comment in October 2010. Council reviewed the submissions and considered these when finalising the Energy Transition Plan.