From 1 July, the town of Sydney are going to be powered using one hundred pc renewable electricity, generated from wind and solar farms in regional New South Wales.
Valued at over AUD60 million (US$37 million), it’s the most important green energy deal of its kind by a council in Australia.
All the City’s operations – including street lights, pools, sports fields, depots, buildings and therefore the historic Sydney government building – will now be run on one hundred pc renewable electricity from locally-sourced clean energy.
The switch is projected to save lots of the town up to half 1,000,000 dollars a year over subsequent 10 years, and reduce C02 emissions by around 20,000 tonnes a year – the like the facility consumption of quite 6,000 households.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the new agreement will generate jobs, support communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and make new opportunities in drought-affected regional NSW.
“We are within the middle of a climate emergency. If we are to scale back emissions and grow the green power sector, all levels of state must urgently transition to renewable energy,” the Lord Mayor said.
“Cities are liable for 70 percent of greenhouse emission emissions worldwide, so it’s critical that we take effective and evidence-based climate actions.
“The City of Sydney became carbon neutral in 2007, and were the primary government in Australia to be certified carbon neutral in 2011. This new deal will see us reach our 2030 target of reducing emissions by 70 percent by 2024, six years early.
“This ground-breaking AUD60 million renewable electricity deal also will save our ratepayers money and support regional jobs in wind and solar farms in Glen Innes, Wagga Wagga and therefore the Shoalhaven.”
The innovative green electricity deal may be a power purchase contract with retailer Flow Power. CEO Matthew van der Linden said the City’s commitment to achieving one hundred pc renewable energy would help accelerate Australia’s transition to a net-zero carbon future.
“This may be a landmark achievement for the town of Sydney. If organisations can follow within the City’s footsteps, a net-zero carbon future is achievable,” Mr van der Linden said.
“The City is directly matched to those renewable projects, a move that supports the mixing of renewables into the system.”
Around three-quarters of the facility are going to be wind-generated, and therefore the remaining quarter by solar.