City of Sydney goes 100 per cent renewable

The City of Sydney has signed an agreement to go 100 per cent renewable, unveiling a $60 million deal with Flow Power to purchase only wind and solar to meet its energy needs.

The agreement is expected to cut the council’s operations emissions by around 20,000 tonnes a year, and is also expected to save the council $500,000 over the next 10 years.

“The announcement is the biggest stand alone renewables commitment for an Australian council,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“Our agreement will generate jobs in regional NSW, supporting the state’s drought-stricken regional areas, while cutting harmful emissions.”

The council will now only buy from the 270 megawatt Sapphire Wind Farm near Glenn Innes in northern NSW, the 120MW Bomen Solar Farm near Wagga Wagga in the south west of NSW, and not-for profit community-owned solar scheme near Nowra on the south east NSW coast.

Wind will generate three quarters of the council’s power, and the solar will generate the remaining quarter.

“This deal will empower the city to tap into the wholesale energy market and support the system. This is the forward-thinking approach to energy that will drive us toward the new energy future,” Flow Power chief executive officer Matthew van der Linden said.

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