The City of Newcastle has announced it will become the first local government in NSW to move to 100% renewable power after entering into a renewable corporate Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Flow Power.

From sports ground floodlights and libraries to local park BBQs, the City of Newcastle will be powered with energy sourced entirely from renewable sources from 1 January  2020.

The ten-year PPA will source enough power to cover the City’s operational needs from Sapphire Wind Farm, located in the New England region of NSW. It follows Council’s August resolution to make the switch to renewables when its existing supply contracts expire, and stands to save rate payers around $1.8 million over the life of the deal.

The City already uses half a megawatt of solar energy generated on the roofs of 10 of its facilities, including Newcastle Museum, with an additional five megawatts to come from the solar farm at the Summerhill Waste Management Centre.

“This means enough clean energy will be put into the grid to power every sports ground floodlight, local library, park-BBQ and any other facility Council operates,” says Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes.

“Drawing all our energy needs from renewables is a significant achievement for the City and our mission to make our operations more sustainable and cost effective.

“Around 70 per cent of the respondents to a recent community survey supported this move, ranking renewables as one of their highest priority measures to reduce impacts on the environment.”

The City of Newcastle will join Flow Power’s expanding Hunter Region customer base, including steel manufacturer Molycop, which became one of the largest buyers of renewable energy earlier this year.

Flow Power CEO Matthew van der Linden said organisations like City of Newcastle were “leading the transition to a new energy future”.

“We’re thrilled to see the uptake of renewable deals like these grow in the Hunter Region, as proven by City of Newcastle and Molycop earlier this year,” Mr van der Linden said.

“We see this as a long-term partnership, which will not only support City of Newcastle but also, have significant broader impacts for the local region.”