That stands for (Oi), Up The Sunny Coast!
Such a cool story - as of yesterday Sunshine Coast Council is the first in Australia to power all council-operated facilities with 100% renewable energy. It’s amazing news, with the perfect amount of namesake-based irony to embarrass even the most stoic of climate change deniers (looking at you @alanjonesaus and @tonyabbottmhr).
A whopping new solar farm lit up for the first time yesterday in Valdora, roughly a thousand clicks south of Adani’s coal port at Abbot Point. Whilst it has set the council back a cheeky 50 mil, conservative estimations are $22m of savings in just thirty years. That's a pretty tasty fiscal offset in my books, and obviously along a trajectory towards total recovery of cost (and beyond).
This is huge. It’s a massive and uncompromising example for all other councils, undisputedly proving that renewable energy is not only sustainable, but achievable. Particularly as they’ve pulled it off with NO contributions from the state OR federal governments.
I seriously don’t get how fossil fuel still profits when there's shit like this going on. Because how do you possibly argue with it now? The technology IS available and IS affordable. Of course renewables may not be financially or geographically possible for all local governments right now, but without question it is the future of the energy sector.
Nevertheless! Stories like this placate my fear that nothing is happening, and restores my faith that mass change is possible (and maybe even probable?!)
I’m actually looking forward to hearing the varied nonsensical interpretations dribble forth from the flailing lips of the cowards among us still maintaining climate change to be a hoax.
Ha! It’s gonna be good.