Barwon Water has awarded the contract to design and build its first solar energy project, a megawatt-rated solar farm, at the Black Rock environmental precinct.

Beon Energy Solutions was awarded the contract which will include a 2,880-panel solar array that will feed renewable energy directly to the Black Rock Water Reclamation Plant.

The project will generate around 1,300,000 kilowatt hours of electricity — sufficient to power about 300 homes — and save around 1,500 tonnes of CO₂ emissions annually.

The solar farm will mean about 13 per cent of the treatment plant’s electricity is supplied from a renewable source with Barwon Water  aiming to power its sites with 100 per cent renewable electricity by 2025.

The solar project will save more than $130,000 in annual operating costs and  is expected to pay for itself within 11 years.

The project is expected to be by December 2017.

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