25 August 2022

Geelong’s major services are reducing their emissions and cutting energy costs with a new agreement to run off 100% renewable electricity from a local wind farm.

This agreement is supported by the Victorian Government’s ambitious target to power all government operations with renewable energy by 2025 as well as reduce the state’s emissions by 50% by 2030 and zero emissions by 2045.

Barwon Water, Barwon Health and Geelong Port have finalised their renewable Power Purchase Agreement and will begin powering their operations with renewable electricity from Mount Gellibrand Wind Farm from 1 December.

Providing about 68-gigawatt hours of renewable electricity annually

The wind farm, located between Geelong and Colac, will provide the organisations with about 68 gigawatt hours of renewable electricity each year, enough to power the equivalent of 14,000 homes or removing 24,000 cars off our roads.

Reducing carbon emissions and operating costs

This initiative is a major step in reducing carbon emissions and will help each organisation offset rising energy costs, which in turn will help to reduce operating costs.

Victoria’s water corporations are the first in the nation to commit to net zero emissions by 2035 as part of an agreement with the Victorian Government. This purchasing agreement with Gellibrand Wind Farm will help Barwon Water achieve this target.

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