City of Melbourne hits 100% renewable energy

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Melbourne the second most populous city in Australia is kicking off 2019 with the news that 100 % of the its operations are now powered by 100 % renewable energy – an Australian first.

“Every light on our streets, every treadmill in our gyms and every barbecue in our parks is now powered by renewable energy,”

“We are immensely proud to be the first Australian capital city council powered by 100 per cent renewable energy,” said Deputy Lord Mayor Arron Wood in a statement. The council’s success was driven by the Melbourne-led bulk buy renewables project, built around a consortium of 14 of leading local universities, cultural institutions, corporations and Councils. The ground-breaking Melbourne Renewable Energy Project (MREP) paved the way for development of Pacific Hydro’s 80.

“We have led the nation in responding to climate change, securing a sustainable energy supply for the future and have shown a great example of how a major city with a $92 billion economy can influence positive outcomes in our regional towns.”