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Our Energy Future

Our Energy FutureInner West Council is part of the Our Energy Future program, to help residents reduce their energy bills, improve comfort levels and improve their environmental footprint.

Through the new Our Energy Future website, residents, businesses and Council staff can access up-to-date and impartial energy efficiency and renewable energy advice.

You can also call the Our Energy Future experts for advice on bills, quotes, which technology to choose—anything energy related!

Visit the Our Energy Future website or call 1300 339 915.

Solar panels on the roof of Council's Administration Building
Council's Administration Building

Solar panels at the Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre
Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre

Solar panels at the Tillman Park Early Learning Centre
Tillman Park Early Learning Centre

Solar panels at the Chrissie Cotter Gallery
Chrissie Cotter Gallery

Solar panels at Council's Works Depot
Council Works Depot

The sun shines on Cavendish Street Early Learning Centre, with a recently-installed 5 kW solar system generating the same amount of electricity each year as an average household uses (6600 kWh). This contributes to Council’s goal of reducing emissions by 25% by 2020.

Talking to the children about these solar panels is a way that we can teach them about contributing to a sustainable future.

Tom Foster Community Centre’s commercial kitchen provides food for Meals on Wheels. Its 25 kW solar system will produce enough energy to power five average Australian homes for a year. 

Petersham Administration Building's 20 kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic (PV) system is estimated to produce 30,000 kilowatt hours per annum. The panels provide a saving of 31 tonnes of CO2-e every year – the equivalent to taking about 7 cars off the road, or powering 5 average Australian homes for a year.

Don't believe it? You can monitor these savings live online:

Council supports the uptake of low carbon, renewable energy in our homes, businesses, streets and public spaces as part our commitment to a more sustainable future. You can see this in action at many Council and community facilities that take advantage of solar energy.

  • Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre has a 30 kW solar system and cogeneration plant. The solar panels have generated 120,000 kWh energy in the three years since installation, contributing excess electricity to the local energy grid. If you live near the aquatic centre, maybe you have used some of this renewable energy!
  • Our Works Depot has a 30 kW system, which generates 40,000 kWh each year – enough to power 6 homes for a year
  • Tillman Park Early Learning Centre, with a 4.8kW system, generates roughly 4,000 kWh per year
  • Deborah Little Early Learning Centre and Dulwich Hill Library each have a 1.5 kW solar system, generating 6,800 kWh and 2,400 kWh respectively (the difference reflects the varying solar energy they receive). This equates to an annual saving of approximately $1,200.
  • Chrissie Cotter Gallery’s 1.5 kW solar panels (coupled with an LED lighting upgrade) have decreased electricity consumption by approximately 45% since their installation in June 2012. This generates an annual saving of approximately $400