We’re part of the Melbourne Renewable Energy Project, a group of organisations led by the City of Melbourne that have joined together to support the development of a wind farm that will be built near Ararat in regional Victoria.
Bank Australia Managing Director, Damien Walsh, says that the project will be a key part of the bank’s environmental strategy.
“Over 70% of our emissions are currently from electricity. The Melbourne Renewable Energy Project will help us make big emissions reductions and meet our commitment to purchasing 100 per cent renewable electricity.
“The project will also help us meet the expectations of our customers, who have told us renewable energy is a priority for them,” says Damien.
City of Melbourne Deputy Lord Mayor Arron Wood says the Melbourne Renewable Energy Project has united 14 leading universities, cultural institutions, corporations and Councils to source energy from the new 80 MW wind farm.
“We’re sending a message that we’re committed to jobs and investment in regional Australia as well as long-term energy security for Melbourne,” the Deputy Lord Mayor says.
“We expect that more than 140 jobs could be created in the construction phase, with around eight ongoing jobs in the operation and management of the facility.
“This power purchasing project will be an Australian first. It shows that large organisations can combine their purchasing power to support the development of new renewable energy plants in regional Australia.”
The Melbourne Renewable Energy Project group is led by the City of Melbourne and includes Bank Australia, University of Melbourne, RMIT, Federation Square, City of Port Phillip, City of Yarra, Moreland City Council, 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.
Image: Pacific Hydro