World first: solar to power Melbourne tram network
Friday 20 January 2017
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 a year.
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.