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City of Sydney has made good on its commitment to go 100 per cent renewable, today unveiling a $60 million deal with Flow Power to purchase only wind and solar to meet its energy needs. 

Not only will this cut the council’s operations emissions by around 20,000 tonnes a year, but the deal is also expected to save the council $500,000 over the next 10 years. 

“Today’s announcement is the biggest stand alone renewables commitment for an Australian council,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“Our agreement will generate jobs in regional NSW, supporting the state’s drought-stricken regional areas, while cutting harmful emissions.”

The council will now only buy from the 270 megawatt Sapphire Wind Farm near Glenn Innes in northern NSW, the 120MW Bomen Solar Farm near Wagga Wagga in the south west of NSW, and not-for profit community-owned solar scheme near Nowra on the south east NSW coast.

Wind will generate three quarters of the council’s power, and the solar will generate the remaining quarter. 

“This deal will empower the city to tap into the wholesale energy market and support the system. This is the forward-thinking approach to energy that will drive us toward the new energy future,” Flow Power chief executive officer Matthew van der Linden said.

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

As of 1 July 2020, renewable electricity will power Sydney’s libraries, pools, council buildings and other properties owned by the city council. 

Melbourne City Council announced that it will be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy in January this year. 

The council is part of a renewable energy power purchasing agreement made by a 14 member consortium of Melbourne universities, cultural institutions, corporations and councils.

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