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Australia Sydney mayor unveils $60m renewables plan

03:45  22 october  2019
03:45  22 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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The City of Sydney has unveiled a $60 million renewable energy plan that would see council meet all its electricity needs using only wind and solar power.

Renewable electricity will power all council-owned properties from July 1, 2020, including pools, libraries, playing fields, depots and Sydney Town Hall.

The council's 100 per cent renewable electricity commitment is projected to save up to $500,000 a year over the next 10 years, Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore announced on Tuesday.

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Council has committed to buying electricity from the 270 megawatt Sapphire Wind Farm near Glenn Innes, the 120 megawatt Bomen Solar Farm near Wagga Wagga, and a not-for-profit, community-owned solar scheme near Nowra.

Cr Moore said the new agreement with energy company Flow Power would generate jobs, support the state's drought-stricken regional areas and further cut emissions.

"Today's announcement is the biggest stand-alone renewables commitment for an Australian council," Cr Moore told reporters.

"The science is clear; without urgent, coordinated and global action to reduce emissions in the next decade, we face a very high risk of triggering runaway climate change."

Cr Moore said the commitment would result in a cut in emissions of around 20,000 tonnes per year - equivalent to the power consumption of 8,000 local households.

She said Sydney had been certified carbon neutral since 2011, but would now achieve its commitment to reduce emissions by 70 per cent six years ahead of its 2030 deadline.

Cr Moore also called upon the federal government to reintroduce a price on carbon and to establish a body that could ensure Australians employed in fossil fuel industries find alternate employment.

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