Sustainable Future

Solar farm

We’re building a 5MW solar farm at Summerhill, the largest landfill solar farm in Australia. The solar farm will provide over 50 per cent of the City of Newcastle’s electricity and reduce our CO2 emissions by 6,000 tonnes annually. Covering an area of around five football fields on a capped landfill, which was once part of the Wallsend Borehole Colliery, the solar farm's 14,500 photovoltaic solar arrays will help dramatically reduce the city's annual electricity bill.

Bin sensors

Instead of waste crews pointlessly doing full rounds only to service a large number of empty bins, our new smart bins in public spaces will contain sensors that can detect when they actually need emptying, thereby saving driving time and helping to reduce the number of overflowing bins.

Street lighting

Our new smart street poles save energy thanks to light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and boast controls that allow lights to be dimmed when not needed, further reducing energy use.

We’re currently changing over existing street lighting to LED, allowing us to save energy, money and carbon emissions.

Environmental monitoring

We’re rolling out an environmental monitoring network to help us understand air quality (smell, dust, pollution), temperature, humidity and a range of other features. This data will be shared and can be used to help identify areas of improvement.