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Left to right: CEO of the Green Group Ben Henderson, Richmond North Public School Vice-Captain Jessica Hayter, State Member for Hawkesbury Ms Robyn Preston, the Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Barry Calvert (and President WSROC) and Councillor Amanda Kotlash Left to right: CEO of the Green Group Ben Henderson, Richmond North Public School Vice-Captain Jessica Hayter, State Member for Hawkesbury Ms Robyn Preston, the Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Barry Calvert (and President WSROC) and Councillor Amanda Kotlash

Media Release, 3 May 2019

Western Sydney councils celebrated the launch of a 500kW Hawkesbury Solar Program on Thursday 2nd May. The event kicked-off at South Windsor Family Centre amongst some of the project’s future beneficiaries.

CEO of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), Charles Casuscelli, said “The Hawkesbury Solar Program is the first renewable energy project to kick-off under the Light Years Ahead energy efficiency banner and will pave the way for further solar investment across Western Sydney.”

The Hawkesbury Solar Program will see 500kW worth of solar panels rolled out across 12 Council sites including the South Windsor Family Centre which was the first installation to be completed.

“Western Sydney councils recognise the importance of preparing for the future. By the time the children at South Windsor Family Centre have grown up, this project will have saved Hawkesbury City Council $4 million in energy bills and prevented 17,400 tonnes of greenhouse emissions,” said Mr Casuscelli.

“And this is just the beginning. Hawkesbury, along with seven other Western Sydney councils, are exploring options to tackle energy sustainability and affordability including: energy efficiency upgrades across council-owned facilities, boosting renewable energy investment, and developing an energy affordability program for low-income households,” he said.

“I would like to congratulate Hawkesbury City Council on taking this step towards a more sustainable future and look forward to further projects to come.

 

Light Years Ahead Energy Efficiency Initiative:

Coordinated by the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) the Light Years Ahead energy efficiency initiative is helping Western Sydney councils invest in energy saving and renewable technologies such as LED street lighting, solar panels, HVAC systems, insulation, and energy saving appliances.

The Green Globe Award-winning program has already upgraded 20,000 Western Sydney street lights, with projected savings of over $29.4 million in energy bills and 140,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions over the life of the lights.

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