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Green Guide to Government Policy

3. Demonstration projects

Thu 24 Feb, 2011 City of Adelaide

3.1 Adelaide Building Tune Ups Project

The Adelaide Building Tune Ups Project was a pilot program to demonstrate cost-effective opportunities to improve the energy and water efficiency of existing commercial office buildings within the City of Adelaide.

The project incorporates 3 stages. The first stage involved recruiting 10 commercial office buildings within the City of Adelaide and assessing their energy and water consumption. Plans for improvement were made in stage 2 to increase each building's energy and water efficiency. Stage 3 is a re-evaluation of the energy and water performance of each building completed 1 year after the improvements from Stage 2 have been implemented.

At the commencement of the Project, the 10 buildings accounted for 15 per cent of office space in the Adelaide CBD. The 10 buildings are:

  • Roma Mitchell House, 136 North Terrace
  • 115 Grenfell Street
  • Telstra Head Office, 30 Pirie Street
  • National Australia Bank Head Office, 22 King William Street
  • Adelaide Bank Head Office, 169 Pirie Street
  • Savings & Loans Credit Union Head Office, 50 Flinders Street
  • Riverside Building, North Terrace
  • EDS Building, 108 North Terrace
  • Citi-Centre Building, 11 Hindmarsh Square
  • State Administration Centre / Torrens Building, 200 Victoria Square

3.2 Tindo: World's first solar electric bus

The Adelaide City Council has launched Tindo, the world's first solar-powered electric bus that is recharged using 100 per cent solar energy. Tindo, the Kaurna Aboriginal word for 'sun', is the newest addition to the Adelaide City Council's Adelaide Connector Bus service, a free service for the people of Adelaide.

The solar-electric bus is recharged using a solar photovoltaic system supplied by BP Solar which is installed at the Adelaide Central Bus Station. The solar installation was funded by the Adelaide City Council and the Australian Government through the Adelaide Solar City Program.

This initiative is a significant investment by the Adelaide City Council into a sustainable future for the City of Adelaide, while providing leadership in sustainable public transport options for cities around Australia.

Last updated Wed 5 Oct 2011