Policy status:Ended
Date Effective:2004
Date Ended:2013 (June)
Policy Type:Economic Instruments>Fiscal/financial incentives, Research, Development and Deployment (RD&D), Information and Education>Information provision, Research, Development and Deployment (RD&D)>Demonstration project, Regulatory Instruments>Monitoring
Policy Target:Buildings>Building Type>Non-residential, Buildings>Building Type>Residential, Multi-Sectoral Policy
Agency:Department of Industry
Funding:AUD 94 million
Evaluation:As part of closure activities, three separate evaluations were conducted: - CSIRO Solar Cities Data Analysis Report – Analysis of the Solar Cities’ trials on residential electricity consumption. - Governance and Administration Review of the Solar Cities Program – Allen Consulting Group conducted an independent review of the governance and administration of the program. The Solar Cities Program – The Journey – Final report on the lessons learned and highlights of the program.

The aim of the Australian Government's Solar Cities program was to trial new sustainable models for electricity supply and use, and was implemented in partnership between all levels of government, industry business and local communities. Australia's Solar Cities were Adelaide, Alice Springs, Blacktown, Central Victoria, Moreland, Perth and Townsville.

Each Solar City trialed a unique combination of energy options such as energy efficiency measures for homes and business, the use of solar technologies, cost reflective pricing trials and community education about better energy usage.

The Solar Cities program has now closed and results from the evaluations are being used to help inform future government policy initiatives.

25 Energy Efficiency Recommendations Applied:Cross-sectoral, Data collection and indicators, Cross-sectoral, Strategies and action plans, Energy utilities, Utility end-use energy efficiency schemes
Related policies:"Securing Australias Energy Future" - White Paper on Energy , Solar House Day

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