South Coast councils unite to secure renewable electricity deal
Published on 15 November 2022
[Photo L-R: Mayor of Shellharbour City Council – Councillor Chris Homer, Mayor of Kiama Municipal Council – Councillor Neil Reilly, Mayor of Shoalhaven City Council – Councillor Amanda Findley and Flow Power - General Manager Energy Solutions - Jacob Mahoney]
Shoalhaven, Kiama and Shellharbour councils have joined forces to secure a renewable electricity agreement with innovative 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.
Councils would also be able to get more value from their assets such as their water treatment facilities and controllable energy usage to manage costs, improve local grid stability and encourage more renewables to connect by diverting more energy use to times of high renewable generation.
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 8 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.
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor Amanda Findley said, “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”.
“The construction of two new regional solar farms with Flow Power will also provide local employment and educational opportunities for the community”, said Mayor Findley.
Kiama Council Mayor Neil Reilly said, “This is an important step forward for Kiama Council, our residents and ratepayers, in realising a sustainable future for our community”.
“This power deal is major part of our Corporate Emissions Reduction Plan, which commits Council to reaching ‘net zero’ by 2031”, Cr Reilly said.
Shellharbour City Council Mayor Chris Homer said, “It’s fantastic to collaborate with my neighbouring Councils to further expedite the commitments of Shellharbour City Council in achieving our net zero targets and I look forward to a future of renewable energy”.
Flow Power General Manager of Energy Solutions, Jacob Mahoney, said, “We are thrilled to be working with Shoalhaven, Kiama and Shellharbour councils on their renewable energy strategies.”
“This energy deal delivers on our 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.
Shoalhaven City Council: Caitlin Lewis - 0419 684 921
Shellharbour City Council: Kelli Wells – 0448 361 008
Flow Power: Madeleine Connor - 0455 598 101