Both the City of Sydney and the City of Adelaide will kick off the new financial year by officially making the switch to 100% renewables through our Virtual Generation Agreement (VGA).
Both councils are making the switch to meet their ambitious climate and sustainability commitments, and will source their energy from a mix of wind and solar projects in their state.
We’ve matched the City of Sydney’s energy to three different renewable projects; Bomen Solar Farm in Wagga Wagga, Sapphire Wind Farm near Inverell and Shoalhaven Solar Farm in Nowra.
City of Sydney Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, said the new agreement will generate jobs, support communities impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and create new opportunities in drought-affected regional NSW.
“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 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, so it is critical that we take effective and evidence-based climate actions,” Moore said.
Our CEO Matthew van der Linden said the City of Sydney’s commitment to achieving 100 per cent renewable energy would help accelerate Australia’s transition to a net-zero carbon future.
“This is a landmark achievement for the City of Sydney. If organisations can follow in the City’s footsteps, a net-zero carbon future is achievable.
The City is directly matched to these renewable projects, a move that supports the integration of renewables into the system,” van der Linden said.
We have matched the City of Adelaide’s energy requirements to a mix of wind and solar projects across South Australia, including Mannum Solar Farm, Clements Gap Wind Farm and two new solar projects, Coonalpyn and Streaky Bay solar farms.
City of Adelaide Lord Mayor, Sandy Verschoor, said that they were pleased to be flicking the switch over to 100 per cent renewable electricity.
“This means that all our corporate and community buildings, council event infrastructure, electric vehicle chargers, barbecues in the Park Lands, water pumps, street lighting and traffic lights – everything that council operates – will be powered by renewable electricity”.
Our co-founder and director David Evans, said “This agreement cements South Australia’s position as world leader in renewable energy.
This is as a long-term partnership, which will empower the City to fulfil its ambitious climate commitments and help drive Australia’s transition to net-zero.”
Both councils are providing crucial support to Australia’s pipeline of renewable projects and will play a major role in the development of three new solar farms in New South Wales and South Australia. These projects will support regional communities and create employment opportunities for local contractors.
Both councils will join the City of Newcastle, which made the switch to 100% renewable energy earlier this year. If more organisations commit to sourcing their energy through deals like these, we’ll be able to drive Australia’s transition to a net-zero carbon future.