October 22 (Renewables Now) – The City of Sydney will power all of the council’s operations with 100% renewables electricity under a new deal with energy retailer Flow Power.
Under the power purchase agreement (PPA), all City-owned properties will run solely on renewables from July 1, 2020, the City of Sydney announced on Tuesday. In what it says is the largest standalone renewables deal for an Australian council, it will meet three-quarters of its overall power demand with wind and the remaining one-quarter with solar. The electricity will be used to power various operations, including pools, sports fields, depots and buildings, as well as the Sydney Town Hall.
The deal is estimated at AUD 60 million (USD 41.2m/EUR 37m), Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said in a Twitter post.
The electricity will be sourced from the 270-MW Sapphire wind park of CWP Renewables and Partners Group, the 120-MW Bomen solar farm being built near Wagga Wagga and a community-owned photovoltaic (PV) plant that will become operational next year. All of these are located in New South Wales.
Via the new deal, the City will be able to lower its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by around 20,000 tonnes per year, it estimates. Additionally, the contract will help it reach its goal for a 70% reduction of its carbon footprint six years ahead of the 2030 deadline.
(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.686/EUR 0.616)