Melbourne Water will soon submit a planning permit application to develop a new solar farm in close proximity to the Winneke Water 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

The Winneke Water 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.

For more information about our projects and initiatives to reduce our carbon footprint and generate more renewable energy, visit Our Path to Net Zero page, or contact us.

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.

A solar farm designed to help power the Eastern Treatment Plant in Carrum Downs has recently been approved, with construction due to commence in early 2021.

The proposed solar farm at Christmas Hills and the newly-approved farm at Carrum Downs are initiatives 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. 

Location map of proposed solar farm at Christmas Hills

More information

Melbourne Water will continue to keep the community informed as these projects progress.

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:
19 April 2021