People power to light up MCG

Victorians will soon have the opportunity to help light up the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) via an Australian-first energy-sharing initiative.

Under a new pilot program, solar customers with the MCG’s electricity partner EnergyAustralia will be able to share the benefit of their excess solar electricity with the iconic stadium to help power everything from the iconic light towers to the giant scoreboard screens.

The MCG has annual electricity demand equivalent to that needed to power around 4000 average Australian homes for a year.

EnergyAustralia managing director Catherine Tanna said the partnership with the MCC was also about finding better, smarter ways for all Victorians to use energy.

“Our partnership will do more than just revolutionise energy at the people’s ground,” she said.

“There’s great potential for applying what we learn and the technology we develop for the MCG to helping households and businesses across Victoria use energy more efficiently, so they save money and help protect the environment.

“It’s exciting working with the MCG to address some of the big energy challenges Australians are facing.”

In addition to the energy sharing initiative, the MCC is working with EnergyAustralia and the CSIRO to explore the use of hybrid fuel cells to better manage the stadium’s electricity consumption and reduce its overall greenhouse gas emissions.

The Melbourne Cricket Club will reward trial participants with a range of exclusive ‘VIP’ MCG experiences, including a kick-to-kick session on the hallowed turf, tours of the stadium and National Sports Museum, as well as opportunities to win unique game-day packages such as watching the footy from an exclusive platform with butler service or in the premium Jolimont Club.

“The MCC has a strong belief in the importance of operating the MCG in an environmentally responsible manner,” MCC CEO Stuart Fox.

“These sustainability initiatives will not only significantly improve the stadium’s carbon footprint, but will also ensure greater energy security at the MCG and lead the way with innovative energy solutions.

“With a number of structural restrictions currently limiting the stadium from installing solar panels, this energy sharing program provides a welcome alternative, and I certainly hope that passionate MCG fans will be keen to sign up to the trial to help power the ‘G.”