Council Signs Historic Solar Power Deal

Solar panels

Fairfield City Council has signed a historic deal to add renewable solar power energy use in its facilities, reducing pressure on our environment.

In one of the largest renewable energy deals for local government, Fairfield City Council along with 24 other councils, will use electricity from energy supplied by three NSW solar farms.

Council has also installed a total of 495kW solar systems to help supply electricity to our major facilities, such as leisure centres and libraries, car parks, halls and community centres, administration building and street lighting.

Fairfield City Mayor Frank Carbone said renewable energy use has to be the way of the future to save our environment.

“I’m proud of the fact that Council is leading the way and encourage residents and businesses to also use renewable energy sources where they can,” Mayor Carbone said.

“These are first steps and Council will look to increase its use of renewable energy further as it becomes more available and viable.”

The deal was made through the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils with electricity retailer, ZEN Energy Retail Pty Ltd. The renewable energy comes from the Moree, Hillston and Nevertire Solar Farms, all located within NSW.

The 25 participating councils collectively represent more than 3 million people, which is almost 38 percent of the NSW population. The agreement starts this year and runs to 2026 with an option to extend to 2030.

The participating councils are: Bayside, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canada Bay, Canterbury-Bankstown, Fairfield, Georges River, Hornsby, Hunters Hill, Inner West, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, Liverpool, Mosman, North Sydney, Parramatta, Port Stephens, Randwick, Ryde, Singleton, Sutherland, Tamworth, Waverley, Willoughby and Woollahra.

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