La Trobe Uni inks 100% renewables PPA with Iberdrola

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La Trobe University has entered into a 100% renewable energy Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) deal with Iberdrola Australia to reach its net zero by 2029 target.

The agreement paves the way for La Trobe to eliminate its single largest source of emissions.

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La Trobe’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Theo Farrell said the agreement was part of the University’s ongoing commitment to being a sustainable leader, and is funded by its Sustainable Finance Program.

“This commitment will significantly contribute to our 2029 Net Zero target, which we are already well on the way to achieving,” Professor Farrell said.

“Sourcing renewable energy enables the reduction of carbon emissions by 27,000 tonnes— the equivalent of over 2,000 homes—an emissions reduction of more than 50%.

“Our Net Zero program is integral to the university’s strategic plan, showcasing our dedication to addressing urgent local and national challenges, including climate change.”

The PPA with Iberdrola enables the university to make a long-term commitment to purchase low-cost energy from Iberdrola Australia’s Cherry Tree Wind Farm in Seymour, Victoria.

Iberdrola Australia chairman and CEO Ross Rolfe AO said, “We are delighted to be supporting La Trobe University as they deliver their ambitious sustainability objectives.

“Their long-term renewable energy supply agreement with Iberdrola Australia will help achieve their decarbonisation objectives and contribute to a brighter future for the Victorian environment and economy. It’s a fantastic commitment from a university with a long history of support industry and innovation in Victoria.”

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La Trobe University is also creating the largest urban solar farm in Victoria, with around 4,300 solar panels generating enough renewable energy to reduce total university emissions by 15% and eliminate household emissions for the equivalent of the entire neighbouring suburb of Kingsbury.

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