Sourcing renewable energy certificates from new Victorian projects

The Renewable Certificate Purchasing Initiative (RCPI) is a key program under the Victorian government’s Renewable Energy Action Plan.

Through the RCPI, the government committed to procuring renewable energy certificates directly from new Victorian projects, providing the necessary revenue certainty for the project developers to underwrite their projects. The contracts for certificate supply were awarded over two rounds in 2016 and 2017 through competitive tender processes.

The successful projects support the State Government's renewable energy targets and have created hundreds of direct jobs and promoted economic development in regional Victoria

The RCPI has leveraged around $700 million of capital investment and over 350MW of capacity in new renewable energy generation through four projects.

Map of Victoria identifying RCPI projects. Further information on projects available below.

Funded Projects

The Bannerton Solar Park was successful through the 2017 Solar Certificate Tender. The 88MW (AC) / 110MW (DC) project near Robinvale in the Sunraysia district was developed by Foresight Solar Australia.

Solar farm surrounded by almond trees

Image of Bannerton Solar Park provided by Foresight Solar

Project Link

The Numurkah Solar Farm was successful through the 2017 Solar Certificate Tender. The 100MW (AC) / 128MW (DC) project near Shepparton was developed by Neoen Australia.

Solar panel with sheep underneath

Image of Numurkah Solar Farm provided by Neoen

Media Release

Project Link

The Kiata Wind Farm was successful through the 2016 Request for Tender round of the RCPI. The 31MW (AC) project located 50 km northwest of Horsham was developed by Windlab Ltd.

Wind turbines

Image of Kiata Wind Farm provided by Windlab

Media Release

Project Link

The Mt Gellibrand Wind Farm was successful through the 2016 Request for Tender round of the RCPI. The 132MW (AC) project located 17 km west of Winchelsea was developed by Acciona Energy.

Wind turbine and cows

Image of Mount Gellibrand Wind Farm, photographed by David Simmonds

Media Release

Project Link

Solar Trams

Around 35 megawatts of the generation capacity from the new solar projects is linked to the entire electricity load of Melbourne's tram network each year under the government’s Solar Trams TAKE2 pledge, leading to emissions reductions of approximately 80,000 tonnes each year.

Media Release

Image of a tram highlighting that it is power by solar energy

Further Information

Any enquiries should be directed to renewable.certificates@delwp.vic.gov.au

Page last updated: 13/07/21