You heard right, the City of Sydney is now powered off 100% renewable energy! The central borough of Sydney, home to approximately 250,000 residents, is now using locally sourced, clean energy from New South Wales wind and solar farms.
With carbon emissions set to reduce by an estimated 20,000 tonnes each year, not only is this a huge win for the environment, but the new scheme will save up to $500,000 in revenue for the first 10 years and generate jobs in drought-stricken regional areas.
The City of Sydney switches to 100% renewable energy: a huge win for our environment, economy, and regional workers.
All of the City’s operations; including council buildings, street lights, swimming pools, and Sydney Town Hall, will now run entirely off of renewable sources. The switch to complete renewable energy has been in the works for some time, with the City of Sydney signing a $60 million green deal with regional energy suppliers.
The energy will come from the Sapphire Wind Farm in northern NSW, the Bomen Solar Farm near Wagga Wagga, and a not-for-profit, community-owned solar scheme near Nowra on the south-east NSW coast.
“I’m delighted that we’re able to support a community-based renewable plant, which will directly benefit the regional economy,” said Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore.
“We are in the middle of a climate emergency. If we are to reduce emissions and grow the green power sector, all levels of government must urgently transition to renewable energy,” she added.
Now for the rest of the country to follow suit!