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.

Lauren brings a fresh approach to content. While she’s previously written for publications as diverse as Australian Geographic, The Border Watch and Girlfriend, she’s found her true passion in her current role as an editor in the world of energy and infrastructure trade magazines.

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