A group of Melbourne’s most prominent universities and businesses has joined together to a significant amount of renewable energy, supporting the industry and at the same time taking action on climate change.
City of Melbourne Deputy Lord Mayor Arron Wood said seven large energy users would combine their purchasing power to source their electricity from a large scale renewable energy project in Victoria, in a second such project.
“Leading by example, we’re building on the success of the first Melbourne Renewable Energy Project to facilitate renewable power purchase agreements for businesses across the city,” the Deputy Lord Mayor said.
“The first project led to the construction of an 80 megawatts (MW) wind farm at Crowlands, near Ararat.”
“This group aims to purchase approximately 113GWh of energy, which is enough to power more than 25,000 households in Melbourne for a year.”
The details of the tender, which was released to a closed group of “all eligible retailers” in Victoria, have not been made publicly available, but it is understood it calls for either existing or new renewable energy generation, is technology “agnostic,” and could be met via a portfolio of projects.
The purchasing group facilitated by the City of Melbourne includes RMIT University, Deakin University, Cbus Property, ISPT Property, Fulton Hogan, Citywide Asphalt, and Mondelez International.
“It will support industry in a rural area and provide a tangible example of climate change leadership.
“The first Melbourne Renewable Energy Project resulted in 140 construction jobs.
“All these organisations have an organisational commitment to emissions reduction, carbon neutrality or renewable energy purchasing.
“To avoid the catastrophic impacts from climate change, we need more organisations to commit to renewable energy.”
Fulton Hogan, Deakin University, RMIT University and Mondelez International have all pledged their support to achieving net-zero emissions for Victoria by 2050, while the City of Melbourne is a TAKE2 Founding Partner.
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