Numurkah Solar Farm powering Melbourne’s trams


Victoria’s Numurkah Solar Farm has begun sending power to Victoria’s grid in a deal to power Melbourne’s iconic trams.

The solar farm, developed by Neoen, is a 100MW renewable energy project supported by a 38MW Green Certificate Purchase agreement by the Victorian Government and a 15-year power purchase agreement with GFG Alliance’s SIMEC ZEN Energy.

The solar farm generates about 255,000MWh of electricity into the grid each year – enough to power 40,000 homes.

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According to T&L News, the Victorian Government has contracted 30 per cent of Numurkah’s large-scale generation certificates to support its goal of covering the electricity demand of Melbourne’s tram network.

Clean Energy Finance Corp (who invested in the Numurkah project) CEO Ian Learmonth said last year, “For passengers on Melbourne’s iconic tram network, the benefits are also clear. Trams get cars off the road, which is crucial for lowering emissions. Supporting the operation of the tram network with solar energy is a further opportunity to reduce emissions in the transport sector.”

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