E1 Energy efficiency projects

Energy efficiency is a key part of making New South Wales a sustainable, liveable and resilient state. Through the Government Resource Efficiency Policy (GREP), the government is making energy efficiency part of its agencies’ operating goals.

Energy efficiency projects by dollar savings

 Infographic showing dollar savings for energy efficiency projects by year and as a percentage by cluster. 

Man wearing yellow hardhat checking electrical wiring.The government is embedding energy efficiency into the delivery of its agencies’ operations to:

  • improve energy efficiency
  • decrease resource costs
  • reduce its burden on the environment.

Reducing the government’s energy use will generate significant benefits, including:

  • decreasing the demand for energy
  • promoting clean and renewable energy
  • increasing the demand for low energy-use appliances
  • encouraging energy efficiency design principles to be incorporated in development of new buildings.

All clusters will undertake energy efficiency projects at sites representing 90% of their billed energy use by the end of 2023–24.

Energy efficiency projects include a wide range of measures, from improved heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems through to lighting upgrades and solar photovoltaic (PV) installations . A solar PV is a power system designed to supply usable solar power by means of the photovoltaic effect, where sunlight creates electricity in the solar cells by knocking their outer electrons loose from their host atom.

Some of these energy efficiency projects are funded by the GFF. The GFF finances cost-effective energy and water efficiency projects through low-cost capital advances to GGS agencies. Its total net lending is capped at $95 million with $53 million advanced so far.

Highlights for 2017–18

  • Icon of leaves with circle and a tickThere were 151 energy efficiency projects at 117 sites
  • Agencies saved $3.4 million on their energy bills.
  • The loan uptake for Government Finance Facility (GFF) projects increased to $24.4 million from an average of $2.5 million in the five years prior to GREP.
  • It is estimated that GFF projects funded this year will save the NSW government $3.7 million annually on their energy bills.
The figures show that the GREP is driving action on energy efficiency across government.

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