Thursday, 07 February 2019 09:38

West joins forces on energy efficiency

WSROC President Councillor Barry Calvert inspecting solar panels on Hawkesbury City Council's administration building. WSROC President Councillor Barry Calvert inspecting solar panels on Hawkesbury City Council's administration building. Hawkesbury City Council

Media release, 7 February, 2019

Eight Western Sydney councils are joining forces on a more coordinated approach to energy efficiency with a two-year program due to kick off in February.

President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), Cr Barry Calvert, said “As we close off on Sydney’s hottest January on record, the need for addressing energy efficiency and sustainability has never been more urgent.

“Commencing February, the new WSROC Energy Efficiency Program will build on the success of previous regional initiatives including Light Years Ahead which has delivered savings of $9.5 million and 10,000 tonnes of emissions since its inception in 2014,” he said.

Cr Calvert said “WSROC is considering a number of options, including expanding energy efficiency upgrades across council-owned facilities, boosting renewable energy investment, and developing an energy affordability program for low-income households.

The program will be guided by a steering committee from the eight participating councils and coordinated by expert consultancy Ironbark Sustainability who were selected via a competitive tender process in January.

“WSROC has been working with councils to improve energy efficiency since 2014. Since that time councils have replaced over 20,000 high-emitting street lights with efficient LED technology, and a commenced a 600W solar installation in the Hawkesbury LGA,” he said.

“The success of Light Years Ahead demonstrates the benefit of working together as a region to deliver large-scale sustainability programs. We're excited to bring together a strategy with participating councils over the coming months to ensure Western Sydney is leading the way on energy efficiency and sustainability.

“Right across the Western Sydney region, councils are committed to reducing their energy bills whilst making a positive impact on the environment. We know many more councils in the region have an interest in this area and we welcome that interest,” said Cr Calvert.

Participating councils include: Blacktown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, The Hills, Lithgow, Liverpool, Parramatta.

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