Sydney goes 100% green through PPA with energy retailer

The City of Sydney has signed a power purchase agreement with retailer Flow Power that will see it become 100% powered by renewable electricity, sourced from wind and solar farms in the state of New South Wales.

The Australian city said the contract is valued at over A$60 million and is the biggest green energy deal of its kind by a council in the country.

All municipal operations – including street lights, pools, sports fields, depots, buildings and the historic Sydney Town Hall – will now be powered entirely by renewable electricity.

The switch is projected to save the City up to half a million dollars a year over the next decade, and will reduce C02 emissions by around 20,000 tonnes a year.

The projects supplying the energy are the 120MW Bomen solar farm in Wagga Wagga, the 270MW Sapphire wind farm near Inverell and the 3MW Shoalhaven PV project in Nowra.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said: “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.

“Cities are responsible for 70% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, so it is critical that we take effective and evidence-based climate actions.

“This new deal will see us reach our 2030 target of reducing emissions by 70% by 2024, six years early,” she added.