THE Victorian Government last week released tenders for large-scale solar plants, bringing forward $150 million of new capital investment and creating around 300 jobs in regional Victoria.
The Solar Certificate Tender will build up to 75 megawatts of new solar projects, which will generate enough power to supply more than 15,000 homes or a town the size of Mildura. Around 35 MW of this new capacity will be linked to Melbourne's trams, generating enough energy to power the entire tram network.
The State Government will voluntarily surrender renewable energy certificates matching the amount of electricity used by Melbourne's trams, making the scheme additional to the national Renewable Energy Target. It will also acquire renewable energy certificates from the successful tenderers.
It is anticipated that this initiative will result in a reduction of more than 80,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every year, keeping Victoria on track to meet its target of net-zero emissions by 2050.
Photo: A solar farm in Windorah, Queensland / 'Windorah's Solar Farm dishes taken from the roadside (Diamantina Developmental Road) on a hot summer day' / Aaronazz / Licensed under Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0.