Melbourne Water’s solar farm at the Eastern Treatment Plant (ETP) is under construction and has hit a major milestone – installing the farm’s first panels, known as the ‘golden row.’
The first row of solar panels are part of the 39,000 that will eventually create the 18MW facility – helping to power ETP, which is responsible for treating about 40 per cent of Melbourne’s sewage.
The farm is being constructed by Beon Energy Solutions, with Melbourne Water’s Project Manager, Kai So, pleased with the progress.
“This project is an important part of Melbourne Water’s Path To Net Zero campaign and to see the first row of panels installed is a great step forward,” Mr So said.
“We anticipate steady progress as more and more rows of panels are scheduled to be installed in the coming months. The project is due to be completed by mid-2022.”
The solar farm is one of the many ways Melbourne Water is adapting operations to prepare for a changing climate, reducing their own carbon emissions and generating more renewable energy.
The site has been prioritised as a critical activity and will continue to operate under a COVID-19 Safe Plan.
For more information about Melbourne Water’s projects and initiatives to reduce their carbon footprint, visit: Our Path to Net Zero.