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Sydney now fully powered by renewable electricity

Updated: Mar 26, 2021


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The switch to renewable electricity is projected to save the city up to half a million dollars a year over the next 10 years and reduce C02 emissions by around 20 000 tonnes a year. PHOTO: ImageCollab

Sydney is now being powered using 100% renewable electricity generated from wind and solar farms in regional New South Wales (NSW) as from 1 July. In the biggest green energy deal of its kind by a council in Australia, valued at over $60 million, all city operations including street lights, pools, sports fields, depots, buildings and the Sydney Town Hall are being run on renewable electricity from locally-sourced clean energy.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore says the switch to renewable electricity is projected to save the city up to half a million dollars a year over the next 10 years and reduce C02 emissions by around 20 000 tonnes a year, the equivalent to the power consumption of more than 6 000 households. She says the new agreement will generate jobs, support communities impacted by Covid-19 and create new opportunities in drought-affected regional NSW. “We are in the middle of a climate emergency and if we are to reduce emissions and grow the green power sector, all levels of government must urgently transition to renewable energy. Cities are responsible for 70% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide so it is critical we take effective and evidence-based climate actions,” says the mayor. This deal