Six New South Wales city councils have grouped together to acquire a competitive renewable energy contract spanning ten years.

Lake Macquarie, along with Central Coast Council, Cessnock City Council, Maitland City Council, Muswellbrook Shire Council and Upper Hunter Shire Council have grouped together to secure a long-term electricity agreement with Mojo Power backed by new renewable electricity generation projects in regional New South Wales and the Hunter Region.

Lake Macquarie City Council, which is moving to one hundred per cent renewable energy by 2025 for its large sites and street lights, facilitated and participated in the innovative joint regional procurement process, harnessing the combined buying power and electricity load of all six councils to secure a competitive ten-year contract.

Council’s Director Built and Natural Assets, David Hughes, said the collaborative approach would result in a greener, more sustainable and diversified source of power for Council’s large sites and street lights.

“This investment fits with Council’s strategy of investing in clean, renewable sources of energy and reducing impact on the local environment,” Mr Hughes said.

“Working with neighbouring councils enhanced our buying power but, importantly, also signalled a shared commitment by LGAs across our two regions to reduce our carbon footprint and promote the benefits of renewable energy.” 

Many of Lake Macquarie’s major sites will source power from the new contract, including the Museum of Art and Culture, libraries, holiday parks, swim centres, the administration building and street lights.

Lake Macquarie City Council will transition to one hundred per cent renewable energy for these sites by 2025 as projects come online.

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