Expression of Interest for solar farm to help power Eastern Treatment Plant

Melbourne Water has released an Expression of Interest (EOI) as part of a plan to develop a new solar farm at the Eastern Treatment Plant (ETP) in Bangholme.

The proposed solar farm is planned to be located on Melbourne Water land opposite ETP and generate renewable electricity to help meet the power needs of the treatment plant.

The Expression of Interest document is also calling for proposals to help establish a second solar farm at the Winneke Water Treatment Plant near Christmas Hills.

Melbourne Water is committed to reducing its net carbon emissions to zero by 2030.

The proposed solar farms are one initiative designed to help meet this ambitious goal and will play a role alongside other projects including hydro-power stations and the transition of Melbourne Water’s car fleet to zero emissions vehicles.

The establishment of a new, onsite solar farm to help power ETP is a practical way for Melbourne Water to cut its greenhouse gas emissions, and tackle climate change.

Both solar farm projects are still in the planning stage and the EOI process will assist with the development of designs.

The Expression of Interest period will close on 27 November 2018.

Melbourne Water will apply for permits under the relevant local Council planning schemes which will include an opportunity for public comment before any preliminary works can commence at either site.

The community will be provided with an update regarding the outcomes of the EOI process including the details of any proposed development at ETP and Winneke when further information is available.

Melbourne Water’s ETP opened in 1975, is situated on 1100 hectares of land in Carrum Downs and treats approximately 330 million litres of sewage a day - 40 per cent of Melbourne’s total sewage.

For further information please go to www.melbournewater.com.au/solarprojects/carrum-downs

Interested parties can contact Melbourne Water on call 1800 931 978.