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Melbourne Renewable Energy Project

23 November 2017

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.

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!

An infographic outlining the amount of energy purchased by the City of Melbourne from the new wind farm