UPDATE - 17 JANUARY 2019
Wind Energy Now Live from Melbourne Renewable Energy Project.
Wind energy generation by the 80 megawatt Crowlands Windfarm is now live. Fourteen members from leading universities, corporations, councils and cultural institutions have committed to the purchase of 88GWh of electricity each year from the Crowlands Windfarm near Ararat. This will provide enough energy on an annual basis to power 17,600 households assuming average consumption and avoids emissions equivalent to 96,800 tonnes of carbon. Power purchase agreements (PPAs) such as MREP, position the University to deliver its target of net zero emissions from electricity by 2021. These long-term agreements also provide security against the volatility of the long-term electricity market whilst supporting the regional economies. The Crowlands Windfarm has generated 140 regional jobs during construction. Partnerships such as MREP allow member organisations to access commercial-scale supply arrangements. MREP represents an innovative approach to increasing renewable energy capacity and demonstrates a viable model for cities, organisations and institutions globally to replicate. The University has released a Newsroom media article in relation to the Crowlands Windfarm commencing operations.
The City of Melbourne has produced a guide for corporations and organisations seeking to buy off-site renewable energy: