Exploring Options for Green Power in the Whitsundays

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The Whitsunday Climate Change Innovation Hub (The Hub) took a deep dive into the latest renewable energy options available to our local tourism businesses on 29 March 2022.

The Green Electricity Information Session was part of The Hub’s Whitsunday Healthy Heart Project (WHHP) workshop series.

These sessions aim to support the Whitsunday tourism sector and the wider community to reduce carbon emissions and improve sustainability.

Partnering with the Coral Sea Academy, The Hub brought together speakers from Ergon Energy, Green Energy Technologies & Edify Energy.

Lee Hawkins, Climate Change Resilience Officer at The Hub said, “Around 50% of the municipal or human sourced carbon emissions in the Whitsunday region comes from electricity consumption".

Presenters at the event covered a range of topics such as:

  • Optimising energy ratings for property portfolios.
  • Case studies on successful renewable energy installations.
  • How to buy green electricity through the grid.
  • Power Purchase Agreements with local solar farms.

The Whitsunday Islands is one of three key locations with projects currently underway as part of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation’s Reef Islands Initiative, which is working to restore critical island habitats to protect ecosystems and save vulnerable species. The 10-year program is supported by funding from Lendlease, the Australian Government’s Reef Trust, the Queensland Government, and the Fitzgerald Family Foundation.