In line with our Sustainability Plan and Charter, the University of Melbourne is supporting a City of Melbourne led project to develop a new 80 MW Wind Farm.
UPDATE - 1 AUGUST 2018
Construction at Crowlands Wind Farm is ongoing, early works are now complete and wind turbines are currently being assembled on site.
Construction commenced at Crowlands Wind Farm in March this year, and early works, including preparing the site for the installation of wind turbines, was completed shortly after. The project will now consist of 39 wind turbines that will produce the clean energy equivalent of around 50,000 Victorian households. The turbines are currently being assembled on the site by Pacific Hydro, the clean energy company that will own and operate the Wind Farm.
For more information about the Crowlands Wind Farm and construction, see the update from Pacific Hydro below.
UPdate - 26 March 2018
Construction has commenced on the Crowlands Wind Farm as part of the Melbourne Renewal Energy Project (MREP).
To celebrate the commencement of construction of the Crowlands Wind Farm, the Acting Lord Major (ALM) Arron Wood, along with the MREP team and Pacific Hydro Executive Team visited the Crowlands site for a plaque unveiling as well as community engagement activities.
Check out the slideshow below for images of the Crowlands Wind Farm construction commencement celebration with ALM Arron Wood, the MREP team and the Pacific Hydro Executive Team.
Melbourne Renewal Energy Project - launched
23 November 2017
Along with 13 leading universities, cultural institutions, corporations and councils, the University of Melbourne has committed to support this first-of-its-kind City of Melbourne initiative.
The wind farm is a major step towards our goal to create, enable and make use of sustainable and renewable energy sources, on-campus as well as off-campus, in partnership with the larger community of Melbourne.
The wind farm will be located in the agricultural community of Crowlands, 205kms from Melbourne, and will be owned and operated by Melbourne based clean energy company Pacific Hydro and the power will be supplied by its retail arm, Tango Energy.
Along with the City of Melbourne and our partners we will purchase 88 GWh of energy, and 37% of the wind farm's total output.
This will not only increase the energy efficiency across our campuses, but also reduce our emissions, preventing more than 96,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions from entering the atmosphere each year. That’s as much as taking more than 22,000 cars off the road!