Melbourne consortium set to go with wind energy project

A consortium of 14 Melbourne organisations has been formed to develop a wind farm, to be built at Crowlands near Ararat in regional Victoria, to supply some or all of their electricity needs.

The Melbourne Renewable Energy Project, led by the City of Melbourne, includes the 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.

The group is working to finalise contracts with Melbourne based clean energy company Pacific Hydro which has been selected as the preferred supplier in the tender for the Melbourne Renewable Energy Project.

The planned 39 turbine wind farm, which has received all relevant planning approvals, will be owned and operated by Pacific Hydro and the power will be supplied by its retail arm, Tango Energy.

The group plans to purchase 88 GWh of energy annually.

City of Melbourne Deputy Lord Mayor Arron Wood, said the model can be replicated all over Australia and internationally, where practical, by groups of cities, businesses, and community members.

“We're releasing a handbook that makes it easy to learn from our experience, improve on the approach and replicate it many times," he said.

"This project adds to a growing number of organisations and governments going direct to market to purchase renewables, but never before has it been proven that such a large number of partners can come together and make it work."

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