Fed Square is thrilled to be part of an Australian first project with Melbourne’s most iconic organisations, to support the development of a wind farm that will be built near Ararat in regional Victoria.
The Melbourne Renewable Energy Project (MREP) unites 14 leading universities, cultural institutions, corporations and Councils to source energy from a new 39-turbine, 80 MW wind farm.
Under this project, members have committed to purchase 88 GWh of electricity per year from the Crowlands Wind Farm under a long-term power purchase agreement.
Because the wind farm will generate more than the purchasing group’s needs, it will bring additional renewable energy into the market.
Pacific Hydro has now installed 21 of the 39 turbines required and energy has begun flowing into the power grid.
This power purchasing project is 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 construction phase of MREP has created more than 140 regional jobs as well as eight ongoing maintenance jobs. Other benefits to the local community included the installation of a rooftop solar photovoltaic system and storage battery for the Crowlands town hall, making it one of regional Australia’s few sun-powered halls.
Construction of the Crowlands windfarm is continuing with the remaining turbines to be progressively commissioned over the coming months.