Canberra commits to 100% renewable energy in 2020

Canberra is set to become the first city outside Europe to run entirely from renewable energy when it switches to 100% renewables on January 1st 2020.

The Australian capital will join seven other districts around the world that produces or purchase the equivalent of their total electricity consumption from renewable sources, according to a report by The Australia Institute (TAI) in Canberra.

In the report, the policy think tank analysed data on more than 500 regions around the world with populations greater than 100,000 people, finding that the district of Rhein-Hunsrück in Germany became the first area to go 100% renewable in 2012.

Since then, two German states, three states in Austria and one region in Spain have followed Rhein-Hunsrück in fully committing to clean energy.

Canberra, a self-governing territory with a population approaching 400,000, sources its renewable energy from large-scale solar and wind energy projects in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and other states, along with roof top solar and clean energy purchases from accredited sources.

“The ACT is a renewable energy trailblazer. Achieving 100% renewable status shows what governments can achieve with strong climate and energy policy,” said Richie Merzian, climate & energy program director at TAI.