Solar helps Victorian Water Corporation to meet carbon goals
A Victorian Water Corporation has committed, alongside other water corporations across Victoria, to achieve zero net emissions by 2050. The goal has been set by the Victoria Government in the Water for Victoria plan and the Victorian Climate Change Act 2017.
The Corporation identified a solar solution for part of its water and wastewater treatment plant network as meeting these overarching goals – reducing its carbon footprint and saving outgoings at the same time.
Following a competitive tender process, the Corporation selected by Solgen Energy Group to partner them on the initiative. Specifically, Solgen was engaged to engineer, procure and construct:
- A trio of ground-mounted PV solar systems at three of the Corporation’s sites
- 1800 panels delivering a collective 675-kilowatts across the three sites
Solgen has delivered a solution that will generate more than 900,000kWh of electricity a year for the Corporations’s treatment plants. This equals the average yearly electricity consumption of more than 100 homes.
Solar proves itself as a future-ready energy solution
By David Naismith
Chief Commercial Officer, Solgen
From both an environmental and economical standpoint, solar continues to be a proven way for sustainable energy management. It’s especially relevant for governments and their agencies which have made commitments to reducing their carbon footprints: effectively taking a lead in future energy management.
State governments on the path to zero net emissions by 2050 include:
The ACT Ministry has committed to reaching zero-net emissions five years earlier.
The Northern Territory Government is currently canvassing feedback on a future policy. However, it believes solar will be a key component of its path to net zero emissions to 2050. When releasing the policy for consultations, the NT Government said Territorians and Territory businesses had saved an average of almost $10 million per year (collectively) under different solar and energy efficiency grants. The associated reduction in emissions is equivalent to taking 7,000 cars off the road.
The renewables sector is growing rapidly, driven by the climate response and the opportunity of more economical energy solutions. Renewables are contributing more and more to the National Energy Market. For the first time ever, this month, renewables briefly accounted for 50% of the NEM. Roof-top solar represented 23.7% of all power demand, while large-scale solar accounted for 8.8%.
As coal-fired power stations are incrementally retired (see Chart 1 from the Clean Energy Council), there will be a greater reliance on alternative energy sources.
Solgen, as a leading commercial supplier of solar energy solutions, has developed a unique understanding of the governance and compliance processes that government-owned agencies adhere to.
- Australia’s leading engineering talent in solar
- Access to cutting-edge technology
- Simple ownership structures including power purchase agreements
- Access to storage and virtual power plant technologies
- System management and big data performance analysis
- Supply chain services