A new solar plant to be built in northern victoria would power the entire Melbourne’s tram network by the end of 2018 in a bid to cut carbon emissions by 2050.
The Victorian government has put forward proposals to build 75 Megawatts of new solar farms. These proposals would be released early 2017, and the first farm should be operational by the end of 2018. About half the productions of electricity made from these solar farms would be linked to the tram network.
Ms. Lily D’Ambrosio, Energy, Environment and Climate Change Minister said that 35 megawatts of power was sufficient to power 410 trams in the Melbourne network. She also said that the government would use its purchasing power as a “large energy consumer” to boost investments in renewables.
“The world is moving to clean energy, we made a commitment as a Government, we continue to uphold that commitment to grow renewable energy,” We’re positioning Victoria as a leader in climate change, by reducing emissions and adapting to the impacts.” she said.
Environment Victoria’s chief executive, Mark Wakefield, said there was symbolic power in having the tram network, which is one of the most recognizable features of Melbourne, powered by renewable energy. “I would love to see the train network also powered by renewable energy,” he said.