Melbourne Renewable Energy Project wind farm underway
Melbourne Renewable Energy Project partners and Pacific Hydro have started construction on a new 80 MW wind farm in Crowlands, near Ararat.
Acting Lord Mayor of Melbourne Arron Wood said the wind farm will provide electricity to 14 leading organisations which have combined their purchasing power to support the development of new renewable energy infrastructure in regional Australia.
"This is the first project of its kind in Australia. No other renewables project has tackled the complexity of 14 partners in one buying group. We are proud to reach this milestone after announcing the Melbourne Renewable Energy Project (MREP) in November 2017," the Acting Lord Mayor said.
"The Crowlands windfarm will save MREP customers 96,000 tonnes of CO2 every year and will create more than 140 construction jobs as well as eight ongoing positions to operate and manage the facility.
"This is an innovative, cost-effective approach to creating and purchasing renewable energy and also a great example of how a major city with a $92 billion economy can influence positive outcomes in our regional towns."
MREP partners include the City of Melbourne, University of Melbourne, RMIT, Federation Square, City of Port Phillip, City of Yarra, Moreland City Council, Bank Australia, Zoos Victoria, Citywide, National Australia Bank, Australia Post, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and NEXTDC.