This page keeps track of the electric sector in Sydney, and its progress toward making only 100% clean electricity in the 2030s.
1.0 Now, Sydney is using electricity from wind farms
1.1 Australia‘s most powerful wind farm is almost ready
1.2 Check out five of Sydney’s big new wind farms
2.0 Sydney is discovering city-scale solar
2.1 Big new solar farms starting to electrifying Sydney
2.2 City of Sydney gets all its electricity one solar farm
2.3 Can solar energy shine all-night?
2.4 UNSW campus about to be 100% carbon-free
1. Sydney Australia is getting more electricity from wind farms.
The current pace of wind farm development in NSW is helping Sydney emerge as a leader in solving climate change.
The Great Energy Transition started quickly in Sydney’s electricity sector, during the late 2010s. At that time, electric retailers and private developers introduced the region to utility-scale wind farms. Each year since then, new wind and solar farms have started feeding electricity into the Australian National Grid. In 2021, all 12 retail electric providers in New South Wales are starting to deliver more wind and solar-generated electricity.
Wind and solar farms make about 7 percent of Sydney’s electricity in 2021. Now, in the early 2020s, rows and rows of school bus sized storage batteries are a critical part of each solar farm. “Battery farms” are a game-changing innovation – they store electricity made by wind and solar farms, and release it as needed, any time of day, 24/7.
New South Wales (NSW), the Australian state that contains Sydney, has 15 wind farms currently making electricity, and 7 proposed or under construction. Together, all the “switched-on” wind farms in New South Wales make enough electricity to electrify 1,100,0000 homes.
Still, in 2021, the combined power of these local wind farms, significant as it is, represents only 5% of Sydney’s electric needs. Australia’s electric industry is planning many more clean energy farms to replace the region’s five coal-fire power stations. Alrise in global heating.
The highlands outside Sydney are home to some of Australia’s biggest wind farms. The Tablelands, and the Uplands offer nearly uninterrupted wind. Most of these wind farms started operating after 2015, when wind quickly became a part of the Sydney’s energy mix.
Photo: Bold Business
1.1 Soon, the most powerful wind farm in Australia will make enough electricity for one million Sydneysiders.
The newly planted Liverpool Wind Farm is a significant solution to climate change.
370 kilometers northwest of Sydney, the Liverpool Wind Farm will switch-on (in phases) from 2021 to 2024.When fully operational in 2024, Liverpool’s 272 giant wind turbines will supply enough electricity for 504,000 average-size Australian homes. For the first time ever in Australia, just one big wind farm can keep over a million people supplied with electricity.
Liverpool Wind Farm will be the biggest, most powerful wind farm in Australia, making as much electricity each year as a one Godzilla-sized carbon monster. Local electric providers will sell much of Liverpool’s electricity to residents and businesses in the Sydney metro region.
Climate Protection: Liverpool Wind Farm will prevent 2,620,000 tonnes of carbon emissions each year for at least 25 years.
Liverpool Wind Farm’s owner/operator is Melbourne-based Tilt Renewables (“Tilt with the wind” – get it?), which operates eight wind farms in Australia and New Zealand (2021).
Industry news: https://niche-eh.com/project/liverpool-wind-farm/
1.2 Five new wind farms will soon electrify at least two million Sydneysiders. Look at the huge amounts of carbon they’ll not spew.
How far along is Sydney in cutting its carbon spew?
Sydney’s electric sector is making greater progress on the climate than one would expect. This is in spite of current (2021) tensions over energy policy in Canberra, Australia’s capital.
Over the next few years, new wind and solar stations in New South Wales will make enough electricity for over a million homes. At this pace of change, the Carbon Monsters (coal-fire power stations) in serving Sydney might eventually stop spewing smoke – stop damaging the climate.
2. Sydney is discovering city-scale solar electricity
Actually, unlike other advanced cities, most of Sydney’s solar electricity (a modest amount in 2021) is made not by large solar farms, but on people’s rooftops.
That said, Sydney’s electric retailers have lately started hooking up to nearby solar farms. Solar farms are (in 2021) gradually beginning to replace the City’s need for carbon-fired electricity.
2.1 This solar farm near of Sydney makes enough electricity to power a large suburb
This drone photo shows one area of the sprawling Coleambally Solar Farm, 300 km When it tied-in with the Australian National Grid in 2018, Coleambally was the largest solar power station in Australia, making enough electricity to power 65,000 homes. Climate-wise, this solar farm prevents 338,000 tons of carbon emissions each year.
Industry News: Renew Economy. Australia’s biggest solar farm at Coleambally sets new production records by Giles Parkinson, 23 November 2018 RenewEconomy.com.au/australias-biggest-solar-farm-at-coleambally-sets-new-production-records-67215/
2.2 Now, in 2021, the City of Sydney gets ALL its electricity from solar
Sydney’s municipal solar farm went on line in 2020.
In 2020, the City of Sydney plugged into its city-dedicated solar farm. This big change is preventing the spew of up to 210,000 tons of heat-trapping carbon gas.
In recent years, the trend of many C40 and Climate Mayors cities is to be able to electrify all of its city buildings, infrastructure, and operations.
Industry news: Infrastructure Energy Magazine. City of Sydney launches $60 million green energy deal by Kim Ho, October 29, 2019 Infrastructuremagazine.com.au/2019/10/29/city-of-sydney-launches-60-million-green-energy-deal/
2.3 Batteries are included with this new solar farm – now, solar can shine all-night
Sunraysia Solar Farm, outside Sydney, is now on-grid (2020). What’s so special about this solar farm is that it comes with batteries – big batteries – rows and rows of them, each the size of a school bus. Up until the late 2010s, solar farms could only transmit electricity to people and cities when they were actually taking in the sun’s energy. Now, giant batteries allow solar farms to work seamlessly with the grid, and store massive amounts of electricity to be used later – even in the middle of the night.
2.4 The Sydney campus of UNSW is losing its carbon footprint
The University of New South Wales, (UNSW) will soon be 100% decarbonized – it’s energy mix being 25% wind and 75% solar.
The campus’s carbon footprint will disappear in 2021. This is a big local step in solving the climate crisis.
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