Two New South Wales councils are leading the way towards Australia’s transition to a low-carbon future. In October, City of Sydney and City of Newcastle announced that they would commit to source 100% of their energy requirements through renewables with Flow Power.

The corporate renewable Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) will see both councils separately agree to commit to sourcing energy from renewable sources.

One of the world’s largest coal ports, the City of Newcastle made the decision following a feasibility study that found electricity contracts between one and three years were “no longer a low risk approach.”

The shift to long term renewable energy procurement was supported by 70% of locals in a recent survey. The deal with Flow Power will see it become the first local government in NSW to go 100% renewable. Other Hunter Valley businesses, such as Molycop are already working with Flow Power.

City of Sydney’s partnership is the largest standalone renewable energy deal for an Australian council to date. It will see 75% of the City’s power sources from wind 25% from solar. Flow Power will be the retailer for all City of Sydney operations, including pools, sports fields, depots and buildings – not to mention the historic Sydney Town Hall.

Both councils will source their power from Sapphire Wind Farm, NSW’s largest wind farm, located in the New England region. City of Sydney will also source it’s solar from Bomen Solar Farm in Wagga Wagga and a community solar project on the South Coast.

City of Newcastle 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.

Corporate renewable PPAs like these deals support investment in new generation and drive employment in regional areas.