16 May 2019

Mayoral Column

Council has launched the Hawkesbury City Solar Program, which will install 500kW in total solar power to generate electricity for 12 Council sites and provide cost savings for the community.

The new solar systems are being installed at various sites including South Windsor Family Centre, the Deerubbin Centre in Windsor, the Waste Management Facility at McGraths Hill, Wastewater Treatment Plants in South Windsor, Windsor Function Centre, OASIS Fitness and Aquatic Centre in South Windsor.

Thank you to everyone who came along including Hawkesbury Sustainability Committee members, Richmond North Public School Vice-Captain Jessica Hayter, and especially our young pre-schoolers from South Windsor Family Centre where the launch was held.

By the time the children at South Windsor Family Centre have grown up, this project will have saved Hawkesbury City Council $4 million in energy bills and prevented 17,400 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions from going into the atmosphere.

Council is rolling out the Hawkesbury City Solar Program in conjunction with Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils, also known as WSROC. I’m proud that the Hawkesbury is paving the way for Western Sydney to pursue further solar investment.

Our solar project highlights the crucial role local government can play in driving initiatives. We are taking the lead on climate change in our community to help create a sustainable Hawkesbury while also providing cost savings for the community. This is an important step towards a more sustainable future and there will be further projects to come.

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