First city council to achieve renewables-only power 

Melbourne City Council has leapt ahead of the renewables race with its announcement that it will be now be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy.

The complete transition to renewables is possible because the partially-complete 80 MW wind farm in Crowlands has now started supplying energy to the grid.

Melbourne-based clean energy company Pacific Hydro has installed 25 of the 39 turbines required and energy has begun flowing into the power grid, according to City of Melbourne Deputy Lord Mayor Arron Wood. 

The Crowlands windfarm is the product of a renewable energy power purchasing agreement from 14 members of Melbourne’s universities, cultural institutions, corporations and councils. 

The Melbourne Renewable Energy Project (MREP) agreement represents another trailblazing achievement with the group the first in the country to implement a renewable energy power purchasing agreement. 

“Making the move to 100 per cent renewable energy is the ultimate new year’s resolution,” the deputy Lord Mayor said.  

“Every light on our streets, every treadmill in our gyms and every barbecue in our parks is now powered by renewable energy,” 

The project has created more than 140 regional jobs during construction as well as eight ongoing maintenance jobs. The project is expected to be finished in May. 

We were also the first group in this country to implement a renewable energy power purchasing agreement.

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