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post May 19 2008, 08:50 PM
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White Gum Valley is Perth’s greenest suburb.
The announcement follows Synergy’s analysis of green-power customers throughout the main electricity grid.
The greenest Perth suburb was calculated from the number of customers purchasing accredited renewable energy as a proportion of households in each suburb. White Gum Valley was the greenest suburb, with 5.68 per cent of households purchasing accredited renewable energy.
It was followed by West Leederville with 5.28 per cent and Shenton Park with 4.77 per cent.
The Energy Minister said signing up for renewable energy was easy and affordable, and was an important way for households to help the environment.
“We have seen an increase over the past 18 months in the number of Western Australians signing up for renewable energy and I would like to congratulate those residents of White Gum Valley who are leading the charge,” he said. Mr Logan made the announcement in the Perth suburb of Butler to coincide with the first residents moving into The Green Estate, a sustainable urban development by the Satterley Property Group. Satterley has decided to provide each household in the estate with a $30 Synergy EasyGreen contribution for each power bill for three years. This should ensure that Butler eventually becomes Perth’s greenest suburb, with 1,500 residents expected to move into The Green. Once all houses are built and occupied, it will mean about 41 per cent of all the households in Butler will be using energy from renewable sources. The Energy Minister congratulated Satterley for identifying global warming as a major challenge and embracing the concept of green energy. Satterley chairman Darren Walsh said Satterley’s EasyGreen contributions would help the environment by preventing more than 17,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year.
“That is equivalent to taking almost 5,500 average-sized cars off the road for one year,” Mr Walsh said.
Synergy managing director Jim Mitchell said Synergy was in the market seeking new sources of renewable energy. “Last year, we announced new contracts for the supply of 41MW of accredited renewable energy, and we are in the market once again for further supplies of renewable energy,” Mr Mitchell said.
“By purchasing NaturalPower or EasyGreen, customers are encouraging further investment in renewable energy in Western Australia and reducing our reliance on traditional fuel sources for power generation.”
Residents who want more information on purchasing renewable energy can contact Synergy on 13 13 53.
The top 20 suburbs with the highest percentage of households that have green power are listed below. They exclude suburbs with fewer than 500 households.

Rank Perth Suburb Green energy penetration (per cent)

1 White Gum Valley 5.68

2 West Leederville 5.28

3 Shenton Park 4.77

4 South Fremantle 4.37

5 Margaret River 3.88

6 Mount Hawthorn 3.65

7 Denmark 3.65

8 North Fremantle 3.49

9 Beaconsfield 3.34

10 Fremantle 3.20

11 Hilton 3.09

12 Leederville 3.01

13 East Fremantle 2.84

14 Mosman Park 2.75

15 Swanbourne 2.74

16 Darlington 2.69

17 Cottesloe 2.68

18 North Perth 2.62

19 Kensington 2.54

20 Guildford 2.40

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