Sydney council properties to transition to renewables by mid-2020


The city of Sydney, Australia will power all its city council’s operations with 100% renewable energy thanks to a new deal with energy retailer Flow Power.

Under the power purchase agreement (PPA), all city-owned properties will switch to renewable energy from 1 July 2020. A statement from the council calls it the largest standalone renewables deal for an Australian council.

Wind will provide the three-quarter majority of the capacity, with the remaining quarter powered by solar. The electricity will be used to power various operations, including the Sydney Town Hall and other council buildings, pools, sports fields and depots.

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The total deal is estimated to be in the region of AU$60 million ($41.2 million), Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said in a Twitter post.

The energy will be sourced from the 270MW Sapphire wind park owned by CWP Renewables and Partners Group, the 120MW Bomen solar farm under construction near Wagga Wagga and a community-owned solar plant expected to come into operation in 2020.

As a result of the new deal, Sydney authorities will be able to reduce the city’s carbon dioxide emissions by about 20,000 tonnes per year.

Importantly, the contract will also help the city achieve its goal for a 70% reduction of its carbon footprint six years ahead of the 2030 deadline.