The City of Port Phillip has joined some of Melbourne’s most iconic organisations to come together to support the development of a wind farm that will be built near Ararat in regional Victoria.
The Melbourne Renewable Energy Project (MREP) has united 14 leading universities, cultural institutions, corporations and Councils to source energy from the new 80 MW wind farm. The group is led by the City of Melbourne and 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.
Mayor Bernadene Voss said Council is proud to be an active partner in the MREP group. “Under the plan, we will switch Council’s electricity supply to a 100 per cent renewable energy source. This means everything from street lights to Council buildings, including town halls and community centres, will be powered by clean green energy,” she said.
The group plans to purchase 88 GWh of energy, which is the equivalent to powering more than 17,000 households in Melbourne for a year, thus removing 96,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions from entering the atmosphere each year, the equivalent of taking 22,000 cars off the road.
“As there will be no greenhouse gas emissions from this new electricity supply, our Council’s total emissions will drop 87 per cent. This puts us in a great place to achieve our target of zero net greenhouse gas emissions for our Council by 2020.” said Cr Voss.
The Project answers calls from the local community for Council to do its bit in the fight against climate change.