Monash buys electricity rights for Murra Warra Wind Farm
Monash University has signed an off-take agreement with the Murra Warra Wind Farm in Western Victoria to help meet its target of achieving net zero emissions by 2030.
Under the deal, Monash will buy the rights to both electricity and large-scale renewable energy certificates (RECs) generated by the Murra Warra Wind Farm. This long-term power purchase agreement is part of the 226 MW first stage of the Murra Warra Wind Farm near Horsham, which is currently under construction and expected to be fully operational in 2019.
The agreement brings Monash into a Telstra-led consortium of electricity buyers established in late 2017. Telstra welcomed Monash to the consortium, with James Gerraty, Head of Telstra Energy, saying the introduction of Monash has strengthened the buying group.
“Adding Monash to the consortium further strengthens the buying group for the Murra Warra Wind Farm and we welcome them to the project,” Gerraty said. “We’ll continue to look for ways to use our expertise in this area to help more of Australia’s businesses and organisations meet their energy challenges.”
Dr Kendra Wasiluk, Sustainable Development Planner in the Buildings and Property Division at Monash University, said, “This procurement of off-site renewable energy marks an important step towards our goal of being powered by 100% renewable energy. It will reduce our carbon footprint and allow the university to manage its exposure to volatile energy prices.”
With more than 4000 solar PV panels installed across the campuses generating enough clean energy to power 250 average Australian households, Monash’s ‘Net Zero’ transformation is well underway. Over the last year over 6000 light fittings have been upgraded to super-efficient LEDs and all new buildings are eliminating natural gas. An on-site microgrid is meanwhile being built at the Clayton campus to help the university control when and how energy is used, and to support the national electricity grid during peak times.
“Along with ongoing improvements in energy efficiency, we are electrifying all of our buildings, paving the way for Monash to be 100% powered by clean renewable wind and solar energy,” Dr Wasiluk said.
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