Ku-ring-gai Council signs new solar power agreement

Published on 7 November 2018

Council will join seventeen other NSW councils to deliver 30% of its energy needs through solar power.

The innovative agreement is a partnership with the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC).  It means the Council will now obtain 30% of its energy needs from the Moree Solar Farm.

Since 2016 the Moree Solar Farm has been supplying electricity to the grid through Origin Energy. The Farm is run by FRV, a global solar power company and has a capacity of 56MW, which makes it capable of powering around 24,000 homes. Its single-axis tracking system allows the solar panels to follow the path of the sun and maximise the energy produced throughout the day.

The agreement means that Ku-ring-gai’s public buildings will now receive 30% of their electricity needs from solar power, as Council works towards its goal of zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 or earlier.

The renewable energy contract builds on the Council’s other initiatives to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions, including:

  • The installation of 10 rooftop solar PV systems on the Council’s largest buildings.
  • Upgrading public buildings with energy efficient LED lighting and solar hot water systems.
  • The installation of smart controls and metering for air conditioning and building systems.
  • The installation of pool covers and other energy efficiency improvements to the Ku-ring-gai Fitness and Aquatic Centre.

Mayor Jennifer Anderson said Ku-ring-gai Council staff had played a key role in finalising the solar power agreement by being part of an evaluation panel to review the contract.
“This is an exciting first for NSW Councils who will benefit from the fall in the costs of solar. The fixed price contract also protects us from future electricity price rises, while reducing our carbon footprint by about 2,600 tonnes a year”.

“The Council’s energy saving initiatives have been made possible largely through Ku-ring-gai’s Environmental Levy, resulting in a reduction in annual electricity costs of $150,000 and energy use of 13% across our buildings and facilities since 2016.”

 

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Media enquiries: Sally Williams Ku-ring-gai Council Ph: 9424 0982 or sawilliams@kmc.nsw.gov.au