100% renewable energy deal struck for the City

Renewable electricity will power all City-owned properties from 1 July 2020.

A new agreement with innovative renewable energy company Flow Power will ensure all City of Sydney operations, including pools, sports fields, depots and buildings, including the historic Sydney Town Hall, will be powered by 100% renewable energy.

The largest standalone renewables deal for an Australian council to date will see three-quarters of the City’s power sourced from wind generation and one-quarter from solar.

The new commitment will see us cut our emissions by around 20,000 tonnes a year – equivalent to the power consumption of 8,000 households.

It’s also projected to save up to half a million dollars a year over the next 10 years.

Supporting NSW renewables

Regional communities are living with the impacts of climate change. They’re also a key part of the solution, according to Melinda Dewsnap, sustainability engagement manager – residential.

“Partnering and investing in projects such as these ensures we run our cities on renewables and help build new economies across the state,” Melinda said.

We’re committing to buy electricity from Sapphire Wind Farm near Glen Innes in northern NSW, Bomen Solar Farm near Wagga Wagga in the south-west of the state, and a not-for-profit community-owned solar scheme near Nowra on the south-east NSW coast.

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Flow Power CEO, Matthew van der Linden, said the City’s commitment to buy its electricity from renewable plants is an important step in Australia’s transition to a low-carbon future.

“We need organisations to lead by example when it comes to their energy strategy. If just 20% of the market followed the City’s lead, it would drive investment in 11 gigawatts of new renewable generation – that’s double the current pipeline of renewable projects,” Matthew said.

The community solar farm project near Nowra is being developed with Repower Shoalhaven and is expected to be completed in 2020.

With a construction cost of close to $5 million, the project will provide local jobs during construction and operation.

The journey to net zero

We’ve been certified carbon neutral since 2011. In June this year, we declared a climate emergency. With this new energy agreement, we’re going to achieve our commitment to reduce emissions by 70% 6 years ahead of our 2030 deadline.

Local government leadership is driving climate action in Australia.

“Over 25% of Australians live in local government areas which have now declared a climate emergency. We need to run our homes and businesses on 100% renewable energy," Melinda said.

Image credit: Flow Power.

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