World first: solar to power Melbourne tram network
Melbourne's tram network will be powered by a new large scale
solar plant to be built in regional Victoria.
The Victorian Government will run a tender to help
build 75MW of new large scale solar farms.
Around 35MW of the new solar farms will be linked to Melbourne's
tram network. The government will voluntarily surrender renewable
energy certificates matching the amount of electricity used by
all of Melbourne's trams.
This will result in a reduction of more than 80,000 tonnes of
greenhouse gas emissions every year, reducing CO2
emissions by the same amount as taking 17,000 cars off the road for
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily
D'Ambrosio said: "This is a world first to power Melbourne's
tram network on clean energy."
Yarra Trams is committed to operating our network sustainably,
and support the government with this initiative to power our
network with renewable energy.
Our network already helps to save $97 million in environmental
damage annually when compared to driving.
Victoria's first large scale solar farms will be built by the
end of 2018, with an open tender for the construction to run in the
first half of this year.
This will help Victoria stay on track to meet its target of
net-zero emissions by 2050.