Shoalhaven, Kiama and Shellharbour councils have joined forces to secure a renewable electricity agreement with energy retailer, Flow Power.
Under the agreement, the councils will be able to purchase renewable electricity from wind and solar farms in regional NSW to cover the operation of their large facilities including pools, administration buildings, street lighting and treatment plants from 1 January 2023. The arrangements will see renewable energy added to the grid on behalf of the councils, offsetting their energy use.
This deal will anchor the development of at least two renewable energy projects on unused council land, delivering jobs and supporting local industry, while creating clean energy generators in these important regional centres, the Councils said in a joint statement.
The renewable energy will initially be purchased from the Sapphire Wind Farm near Glenn Innes in northern NSW, and the Bomen and Cootamundra Solar Farms in the Riverina for the next eight years. The Bomen Solar Farm will be used as a renewable energy bridge until the local renewable projects are completed and suppling energy to the grid.
“Our increased commitment to renewable energy will see Shoalhaven Council cut net carbon emissions by around 15,000 tonnes a year from 2025 and help us achieve our sustainability commitments,” said Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Amanda Findley.
“The construction of two new regional solar farms with Flow Power will also provide local employment and educational opportunities for the community,” she said.
Kiama Council Mayor, Neil Reilly said the agreement was an important step forward for Kiama in realising a sustainable future for the community.
“This power deal is major part of our Corporate Emissions Reduction Plan, which commits Council to reaching ‘net zero’ by 2031”, Mayor Reilly said.
Flow Power General Manager of Energy Solutions, Jacob Mahoney said the energy deal delivered on a collective mission to create a renewable energy future, together with people and communities.
“The ability to choose your generators is key to bringing more renewables online and we are privileged to be able to make that happen for our customers,” Mr Mahoney said.