The City of Melbourne has announced it is now fully powered by renewable energy following the purchasing of an 80 MW wind farm in Ararat.
The purchase was completed by 14 institutional buyers, including universities, cultural institutions, corporations and councils.
City of Melbourne Deputy Lord Mayor Arron Wood said Pacific Hydro has installed 25 of the 39 turbines required and energy has begun flowing into the power grid.
"Making the move to 100 per cent renewable energy is the ultimate New Year's resolution. Every light on our streets, every treadmill in our gyms and every barbecue in our parks is now powered by renewable energy," the Deputy Lord Mayor said.
"We are immensely proud to be the first Australian capital city council powered by 100 per cent renewable energy. We were also the first group in this country to implement a renewable energy power purchasing agreement.
"We have led the nation in responding to climate change, securing a sustainable energy supply for the future and have shown a great example of how a major city with a $92 billion economy can influence positive outcomes in our regional towns."
Construction of the Crowlands wind farm is continuing with the remaining turbines to be progressively commissioned over coming months. The project is expected to be fully completed in May.
"Leading by example, we will expand the ground-breaking project to facilitate power purchase agreements for businesses across the city," the Deputy Lord Mayor said.
"This will continue to generate investment in new renewable energy which is the cheapest cost for new build electricity generation. So it's good for the environment, great for the economy with new jobs and really good for the hip pocket to manage energy costs into the future."