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Canberra will be first Australian city to run on 100% on renewable energy from October 1

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Climate Change Minister Shane Rattenbury
Australia   Climate Change Minister Shane Rattenbury

Canberra will be effectively powered by renewable energy from October 1, the first Australian jurisdiction to do so, according to the ACT's Climate Change Minister.

October marks the date when the third stage of South Australia's Hornsdale wind farm comes online, from which the ACT has purchased the last trickle of renewable energy it needs to claim 100 per cent renewable power.

It fulfils a decade-long promise by the ACT Government to reach the milestone by 2020.

"We will be effectively there from October 1," Climate Change Minister Shane Rattenbury said.

The ACT will be "effectively" powered by 100 per cent renewables after October because the territory will still be part of the national electricity grid.

Rather, for every watt Canberra draws from the grid, it will be feeding in a watt from one of its renewable sources.

"That will come from rooftop solar in the ACT, from large scale wind and solar projects … and also our share of the national renewable energy target," Mr Rattenbury said.

Canberra residents pay about $5 a week on top of their average electricity bill to pay for the city's renewable energy.

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