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Melbourne Water is underway with a Request for Tender as part of a proposed plan to develop a new solar farm in close proximity to the Winneke Treatment Plant in Christmas Hills. 

Aerial image of Sugarloaf Reservoir and the Winneke Water Treatment Plant
The Winneke Treatment Plant is located near the Sugarloaf Reservoir, Christmas Hills

Melbourne Water is committed to reducing our net carbon emissions to 50% of baseline levels by 2025 and examining a pathway to zero by 2030. Establishing the proposed onsite solar farm to help power Winneke Treatment Plant is a practical way to cut our greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change.

What’s happening and when

Pending planning approval, the proposed solar farm is planned to be located close to Melbourne Water’s Winneke Treatment Plant and generate renewable electricity to help meet the plant's power needs.

The Request for Tender document also includes proposals for another solar farm at the Eastern Treatment Plant in Carrum Downs. Both solar farm projects are still in the planning and design stages and the tender application review process will assist with informing design details. 

The proposed solar farms are an initiative to help meet our ambitious emissions reduction goal, alongside other projects including hydro and biogas power stations and transitioning our car fleet to zero-emissions vehicles. 

More information

Melbourne Water will provide an update on the outcomes of the tender process when further information is available.

Find out what else we're doing to reduce our environmental impact as we move towards net zero carbon emissions.

Contact us for further information:

 1800 931 978 

Last updated:
5 August 2020