The ground-breaking Melbourne Renewable Energy Project (MREP) was awarded the 2018 Premier’s Sustainability Award this week.
Fed Square is delighted to be a member of the MREP, a project that enables cities, corporations and institutions to take an active role in securing renewable electricity supply and taking action on climate change.
The prestigious award recognises the project’s leadership in collective renewable energy purchasing.
The landmark project is led by the City of Melbourne and includes Fed Square, the University of Melbourne, RMIT, 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 project was announced in December, 2017 alongside project developer Pacific Hydro at the soon-to-be-built Crowlands Wind Farm site near Ararat, where 39 wind turbines will be built as part of the project.
Members have committed to purchase 88GWh of electricity per year from the Crowlands site under a long-term power purchase agreement.
The wind farm will meet the group’s energy needs and will generate additional renewable energy into the market. The energy created equals the average power used by 18,000 homes per year and is saving almost 100,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas pollution each year.
The Crowlands Wind Farm will also create more than 140 jobs during construction and eight ongoing maintenance jobs as well as countless opportunities for local businesses.
The MREP approach to purchasing renewable energy exemplifies how cities, corporations and institutions can take an active role in securing renewable electricity supply and take action on climate change.
Significantly, it also represents an innovative replicable model for other projects around the world to emulate.