June 6 (Renewables Now) - The Sydney Opera House, one Australia’s most iconic heritage buildings, will purchase 16 GWh of wind and solar power to match its electricity consumption and reduce its environmental impact.
The World Heritage-listed building has signed a seven-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Australian energy retailer Flow Power, aiming to cut its AUD-2.4-million (USD 1.7m/EUR 1.5m) annual electricity bill. The deal was announced on Wednesday, June 5, on the World Environment Day, in line with the arts centre's sustainability efforts.
The contracted power will cover more than 85% of the Opera House’s annual power consumption. The electricity will be sourced from wind and solar parks in New South Wales, among which are the 270-MW Sapphire wind farm that is being built by CWP Renewables and Partners Group and Renew Estate’s 100-MW Bomen solar park near Wagga Wagga.
“The Opera House is Australia’s first heritage-listed building to commit to this innovative energy retail model [..], said Ian Cashen, Sydney Opera House executive director of building.
(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.698/EUR 0.621)