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Hawkesbury council light years ahead on solar

WSROC President Cr Barry Calvert in panels on the Hawkesbury Council Administration Precinct WSROC President Cr Barry Calvert in panels on the Hawkesbury Council Administration Precinct Hawkesbury Council

Media release,  8 November, 2018

Wheels are in motion for the first solar project under Western Sydney’s Light Years Ahead energy efficiency initiative, as Hawkesbury City Council calls for tenders this month.

Facilitated by the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), Light Years Ahead has already saved participating councils over $10 million in energy bills and over 10,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions by replacing outdated streetlights with more efficient LED technology.

Now in its second iteration, Light Years Ahead has been expanded to include a variety of energy efficiency and sustainability projects including solar, HVAC and building upgrades.

WSROC President Cr Barry Calvert said “I am proud to say the Hawkesbury Solar Program will be the first solar project under the Light Years Ahead banner; paving the way for similar installations across Western Sydney.

“Hawkesbury will install 600kW worth of solar panels across 13 sites, including one free-standing solar farm at South Windsor Wastewater Treatment Facility,” he said.

“This investment will not only result in substantial long-term energy savings but take a significant step towards Hawkesbury’s goal of zero emissions by 2030,” said Cr Calvert.

“Right across the Western Sydney region councils are committed to reducing their energy bills whilst making a positive impact on the environment. Every dollar councils save through energy efficient upgrades is a dollar that can be spent on improving services and amenity for the community,” he said.

The first systems for the Hawkesbury Solar Program are planned to be installed around December 2018.



Media contact: Kelly Gee, 02 9671 4333 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   


Light Years Ahead is an energy efficiency and renewable initiative coordinated through WSROC which includes LED lighting, solar installations, building upgrades and advocacy initiatives to achieve better energy outcomes for Western Sydney councils and their communities. For more information visit  

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