Hawkesbury Council launches 500kW solar program to run across 12 sites

Hawkesbury City Council's new Hawkesbury City Solar Program will see 500kW of solar power installed at 12 council sites, providing cost savings for the community.

The project - being rolled out in conjunction with Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) - was launched at South Windsor Family Centre last week.

Further systems will be installed at sites including the Deerubbin Centre in Windsor, the Waste Management Facility at McGraths Hill, Wastewater Treatment Plants in South Windsor, the Council Depot in Wilberforce, Windsor Function Centre, OASIS Fitness and Aquatic Centre in South Windsor.

Hawkesbury Mayor and WSROC President, Councillor Barry Calvert, said 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," he said at the launch.

"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."

He said by the time pre-schoolers at South Windsor Family Centre grow up, the solar project would have saved Hawkesbury City Council $4 million in energy bills and prevented 17,400 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions from going into the atmosphere.

"This is an important step towards a more sustainable future and there will be further projects to come," he said.

Council will host a solar display at this weekend's Hawkesbury Show from Friday, May 10 until Sunday, May 12. There will also be giveaways at the council tent, located behind the grandstand.