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This is a once in a lifetime moment for local government. A chance to rebuild their local economy, drive local investment and create jobs by supporting industries and sectors that invest in a carbon-free future.

Whether it’s fires, floods or COVID-19, local councils have been at the forefront of responding to the economic recovery.

In 2020 the councils signed a record number of agreements to buy renewable energy from solar and wind farms. Investing in clean initiatives like renewable energy not only allows municipalities to diversify skilled industries, but enables councils to regain their energy independence and strengthen resilience to future economic shocks.

On the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, a 15 megawatt solar farm owned by the city council provides enough energy to meet the city council’s annual electricity needs. This includes facilities such as libraries and water centers.

In addition to creating 100 jobs during construction and five ongoing jobs, the initiative is set to bring the council more than $ 22 million in net savings over 30 years, lower energy bills, and create more comfortable workplaces and community facilities.

Sydney’s inner suburbs of Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra are breaking new ground and working together to promote sustainable transport by installing public electric vehicle charging points on the streets at key hotspots in the area.

The partnership has supported 12 jobs, reduced population emissions and created better, more functional cities.

In Victoria, city councils such as Mornington Peninsula Council and Mildura Rural City Council create local jobs by helping businesses and households improve their energy efficiency. Energy efficiency is a breeze for lowering household electricity bills, cutting emissions and creating thousands of jobs.

The examples above are just a few of the inspiring initiatives local governments are taking to drive the relocation of the country to future clean growth industries.

Dr. Portia Odell is the director of the Cities Power Partnership, Australia’s largest network of local governments working against climate change.

This story about renewable energies doing hard work first appeared in the Canberra Times.

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