City of Sydney switches on green button
The largest city in Australia is now officially powered by 100% green energy!
The City of Sydney, which is home to a quarter-million people, has begun sourcing all of its energy from two solar farms and the largest wind farm in all of New South Wales.
All the City of Sydney’s operations – including street lights, pools, sports fields, depots, buildings and the historic Sydney Town Hall – will now be run on 100% renewable electricity sourced from local solar and wind projects.
The switch is part of a $60 million (approximately Rs 4,49,64,12,000) deal with electricity retailer Flow Power, the biggest standalone green energy deal of its kind by a council in Australia.
The deal is projected to save the City up to half a million dollars a year over the next 10 years, and reduce carbon emissions by around 20,000 tonnes a year – the equivalent to the power consumption of more than 6,000 households.
The transition was facilitated through a power purchase agreement (PPA) with electricity retailer Flow Power. Although the historic deal costs AU$60 million, the initiative is expected to save AU$500,000 every year, according to Euronews.
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One of the biggest solar farms in the world, Kamuthi solar farm in Tamil Nadu has a capacity of 648 megawatts and covers an area of 10 square kilometres. In 2016, this project was deemed to be the largest solar power plant at a single location. The project comprises 2.5 million individual solar modules and cost approximately $679 million (approximately Rs 50,884,395,800) to build.