Renewable Energy Projects

We're committed to take care of this unique and beautiful corner of the world by making sustainability Second Nature. We want to lead by example and reduce Council's own carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions.

That's why we're turning the sun's power into energy and have adopted a 100% renewable energy target for Council operations by 2030. We are also working to help our community make the switch too.

Turning the sun's power into energy

We’ve installed solar panels on 12 Council sites.  The solar power is used to run all kinds of equipment, from our lighting to our laptops.

  • Bondi Pavilion
  • Bondi Beach Early Childhood Health Centre
  • Bronte Early Education Centre
  • Bondi Junction Early Learning and Care Centre
  • Gardiner Early Education Centre
  • Margaret Whitlam Recreation Centre
  • Mill Hill Early Education Centre
  • Alexandria Integrated Facility
  • Tamarama Kiosk
  • Waverley Early Education Centre
  • Waverley Library
  • Waverley Park amenities block

Community solar projects

Since we installed three new solar hot water systems at Bondi Pavilion, the Bondi Lifeguards shower with solar heated water. Council also helped introduce solar power systems at Bondi, Bronte and Tamarama Surf Lifesaving Clubs. Waverley Library also has a solar powered hot water system.

In partnership with Woollahra and Randwick Councils, we help schools install solar with our award-winning Solar my School program, as well as community organisations and clubs with Solar my Club.

We are also working to assist apartment buildings to investigate solar power.

Buying power from a solar farm

We’ve joined 17 other NSW councils in a landmark agreement to supply 30% of Council’s retail electricity from the Moree solar farm. The agreement is from 1 July 2019 to end 2030.

This innovative purchasing arrangement will save us and other councils money, lower our risk and reduce our carbon emissions.  It will also give a much-needed boost to the renewable energy industry in NSW. Around 440,000 MWh of renewable energy.

Future Projects

By using cleaner green electricity from the sun and other sources in the future, Council will not only help reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with coal-fired electricity, but will also increase energy supply security and protect us from rising electricity prices.

We continue to look at opportunities to expand our renewable energy portfolio at other Council facilities whilst finding ways to reduce our energy use with energy efficient technologies and operations. 

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