Cities of Adelaide, Sydney switch to 100% renewables electricity
Bomen Solar Farm. Image by: City of Sydney (www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au).
The city councils of Sydney and Adelaide, Australia, will be 100% powered by renewables electricity as of today, receiving electricity from local wind and solar parks.
The City of Sydney announced on Wednesday that it has officially switched to 100% renewables and all of its electricity needs will now be covered with power from wind and solar parks in regional New South Wales. The clean electricity will flow to all of the city’s operations and buildings, including the Sydney Town Hall, as part of an earlier deal with energy retailer Flow Power. The 120-MW Bomen solar farm near Wagga Wagga, the 270-MW Sapphire wind park and the repowered Shoalhaven solar plant will be responsible for the power supplies.
The milestone was announced on the same day as the City of Adelaide said it will switch to 100% renewables as of July 1, also with Flow Power’s help. A virtual generation agreement (VGA) with the electricity retailer was signed in February. The electricity for the city’s operations will be delivered from the 56.7-MW Clements Gap wind farm and from the newly-built 4.95-MW Coonalpyn solar park and the 3-MW Streaky Bay solar plant in South Australia.
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