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SYDNEY NOW RUNS ON 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY

The city of Sydney in Australia has completed a full transition into 100% renewable energy, as all operations including street lights, pools, sports fields, depots, buildings, and the historic Sydney Town Hall, are powered by locally-sourced clean energy.

The move was executed through a ten-year power purchase agreement with Australian retailer Flow Power. It is considered the biggest green energy deal in Australia’s history, with a value of over A$60 million (USD $41.6million) overall.

As a result, CO2 emissions in the region are expected to be reduced by around 20,000 tones per year. The transition will also save an estimated A$500,000 (USD $347,000) annually over the next decade.

The city population, estimated around 250,000 people, will benefit from the switch as it is projected to generate jobs and support communities that are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This ground-breaking $60 million renewable electricity deal will also save our ratepayers money and support regional jobs in wind and solar farms in Glen Innes, Wagga Wagga and the Shoalhaven,” said Sydney’s Lord Mayor 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 adds, “Cities are responsible for 70 percent of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, so it is critical that we take effective and evidence-based climate actions.”

The City of Sydney became carbon-neutral in 2007 and was the first government in Australia to be certified carbon-neutral in 2011.

Moore said the new deal will help Sydney reach its 2030 target of reducing emissions by 70 percent by 2024, six years early.

Sources

EGEB: The City of Sydney is now on 100% renewable energy

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