Our first solar energy project is a step closer with the contract to design and build a megawatt-rated solar farm at the Black Rock environmental precinct awarded to Beon Energy Solutions.
The 2,880-panel solar array will feed renewable energy directly to the water reclamation plant — our most power-hungry asset.
The project will generate around 1,300,000 kilowatt hours of electricity — sufficient to power
about 300 homes — and save around 1,500 tonnes of CO₂ emissions annually. The solar farm will mean about 13% of the treatment plant’s electricity is supplied from a renewable source. We are aiming to power our sites with 100% renewable electricity by 2025.
The solar project will save more than $130,000 in annual operating costs; more if grid electricity prices rise. The project is expected to pay for itself within 11 years.
With completion expected by December 2017, it is on-track be the first megawatt-scale solar farm in southern Victoria.