Following a tender process, Sydney has selected Solgen Energy to undertake a $6m project to fit solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to more than 30 sites over the next two years to generate 12.5 per cent of the electricity needs of all City properties.

The panels will have a total electrical capacity of more than 1,250 kWp (kilowatt peak), making it Australia’s largest building-mounted solar PV program, and covering some 9,000 square metres (greater than the areaof a regulation football field – 6,800 square metres).

The panels could produce nearly 2,000,000 kWh (kilowatt hours) of electricity a year and are expected to reduce the City’s annual carbon pollution by 2,100 tonnes.

“The City of Sydney is delivering on its commitment to reduce carbon pollution by 70 per cent and produce 30 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030 – one of the most ambitious programs of any Australian government,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

”The solar PV project produces no pollution when generating electricity – unlike coal-fired power, which is responsible for 80 per cent of our pollution.”The buildings to be installed with solar power include: Town Hall House, Redfern Oval grandstand, Railway

Square Bus Interchange, Sydney Park Pavilion, towns halls in Paddington, Redfern and Glebe as well as libraries, community centres and Council depots.

“Energy produced locally through solar panels, trigeneration systems or fuel cells will reduce the need to spend billions of dollars on new coal-fired power stations and network upgrades, which are driving up household electricity bills,” the Lord Mayor said.

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