What is a PPA ?

    A PPA is an agreement between a renewable generator and a purchaser of electricity, for the sale and supply of electricity. PPAs are an alternative to standard retail contracts that give long-term price visibility, often at rates that are lower than standard market rates. 

    Why is City of Adelaide interested in this topic?

    The City of Adelaide has an ambition to be one of the world’s first carbon neutral cities and is leading by example.  The City of Adelaide entered into a corporate Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) in July 2020. PPAs can be an effective way for businesses to meet sustainability goals. The City of Adelaide’s own PPA incorporated the purchase of 100% renewable electricity, including 25% supply from two South Australian solar farms commissioned directly as a result of the PPA agreement, with the remaining renewable electricity supply from Clements Gap wind farm, also in South Australia.

    Based on the experience to date, the City wishes to explore the potential for similar arrangements in the community. 

    Why are we asking about energy consumption data?

    Different kinds of billing arrangements suit different sized business. It is useful to know if you have a large electricity load, or a smaller one, to guide the options available.

    How can I find out more ways to save energy and reduce bills?

    Sustainability Incentives Scheme | City of Adelaide (External link)

    Incentives for residents, businesses, and not-for-profits who implement sustainable technologies, practices, or initiatives in their homes, buildings, organisations or events.

    Retailer Energy Productivity Scheme (REPS) | ESCOSA (External link)

    A South Australian Government initiative through which obliged energy retailers may choose to provide incentives (free or reduced-price efficient products) to South Australian households and businesses.

    Energy Made Easy (External link)

    Energy Made Easy is a free Australian Government energy price comparison service for households and small businesses.

    Energy Made Easy also have some simple steps you can take to minimise your energy bills

    How can business access renewable electricity without solar on the roof?

    There are a variety of methods, including Power Purchase Agreements for larger users, accredited GreenPower for smaller customers and there are emerging innovations in billing and solar sharing.