Campbelltown Council’s renewable energy deal earns praise

The way forward: Campbelltown Council's landmark deal will see energy purchased from a solar farm in Moree. Picture: Tim Ireland/PA Wire
The way forward: Campbelltown Council's landmark deal will see energy purchased from a solar farm in Moree. Picture: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Campbelltown Council has just signed a landmark energy deal which will benefit locals and the environment.

Campbelltown is one of 18 Sydney councils to sign up to the Power Purchase Agreement, which allows councils to buy renewable electricity without exposure to the volatility of the National Electricity Market up to the end of 2030.

Approximately 20 per cent of Campbelltown Council’s retail electricity will be sourced from a renewable energy generator at the Moree Solar Farm beginning July next year.

The balance of the council’s retail electricity needs will be supplied as regular grid electricity from Origin Energy for at least the next three years, a council spokeswoman said.

The council’s director of city growth and economy, Jeff Lawrence, praised the initiative.

“This is an innovative approach to meeting our city’s energy needs,” he said.

“Not only is this good for the environment by lowering carbon emissions, but it will also provide significant cost savings for the council, which is a win-win.”

Greens councillor Ben Moroney was also pleased with the deal, which will see about 440,000 megawatts per hour of renewable energy supplied to the 18 councils over the life of the agreement.

“One of the most necessary things for successful renewable energy is for large energy-consuming organisations to invest in sustainability,” he said.

“This will allow solar farms to stay in business.

“We don’t have a federal government that has made renewable energy a priority, so it is up to local governments like us and other communities to drive that change.”

Cr Moroney said the money that the council would save over the life of the deal would be of benefit to the community.

“Funds that we’re not spending on power can be redistributed to community facilities like libraries and sports fields, which is great for the people of Campbelltown,” he said.

Cr Moroney encouraged all other NSW councils to consider sourcing energy from solar farms.

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