City of Sydney ramps up solar power projects7th Aug 2012
The City of Sydney looks to be gaining prominence on the solar power scene as it announces another large-scale installation initiative.
The bustling business district plans to fit solar panels to over 30 City-owned sites over the next two years, with hopes it will generate around 12.5 per cent of its electricity needs.
Costs for this will run at around $6 million and it comes off the back of a similar $1 million scheme that saw 18 sites across the area receiving solar systems - reducing carbon pollution by about 180 tonnes a year.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore described it as "one of the most ambitious programs of any Australian government".
And he may be right, with the solar panels calculated to have a total electricity capacity of over 1,250 kWp (kilowatt peak).
"The City of Sydney is delivering on its commitment to reduce carbon pollution by 70 per cent and produce 30 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030," the mayor said.
Some of the buildings due to receive solar power upgrades include the Town Hall House, Redfern Oval grandstand, Sydney Park Pavilion and the Railway Square Bus Interchange.
Mayor Moore recently urged developers in the City of Sydney to consider sustainable requirements when making applications for properties.
Posted by Mike Peacock