Sydney, Australia, has taken a big step toward its sustainability goals. Since the beginning of July, the central borough of the Sydney metro area, known as the City of Sydney, has run entirely on renewable energy. Nearly 250,000 residents now benefit from clean power for all daily operations, including buildings, street lights, and public spaces.
The city’s power is derived from local solar and wind farms in New South Wales, totaling the largest energy deal struck by a city council anywhere in Australia. According to the advocacy group Global Citizen, the move is expected to generate jobs in the nearby communities of Wagga Wagga, Nowra, and Inverell, where the solar and wind farms are located.