Thanks to the largest operating solar farm in Victoria, Melbourne’s trams will soon be fuelled by 100 per cent solar power , which will make them green powered trams.
it will create almost equal to the amount of power the 128 MW Numurkah Solar Farm. Its array of more than 300,000 solar panels will produces enough power for Melbourne’s fleet of 450 trams.
The trams will also draw energy near Robinvale from the Bannerton Solar Park on the Murray River to provide a carbon neutral transport service in addition to Numurkah solar power,.
100% solar green powered trams will cut carbon emissions which is very beneficial for environment
Last week Victorian Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio officially opened the Numurkah Solar Farm.
It will power the energy-hungry Laverton Steelworks. The French-owned facility will feed 255 GWh of clean energy into the national power grid each year.
As a result, carbon emissions in the state will reduce substantially . It is like removing 75,000 cars from the road or planting some 40,000 trees. In addition to that it will also reduce the cars from the road by the efficient mode of transport that green powered trams are. Or any trams, for that matter.
Solar Power greening up Australian steel industry 2019
Solar power is increasingly used to reduce power costs in this struggling industry.Energy makes up between 20 and 40 per cent of input costs in steel-making.
Renewable producer Neoen signed a 15-year deal with SIMEC ZEN Energy to help power the Laverton Steelworks in Melbourne’s western suburbs Because of that.
Sanjeev Gupta a British billionaire runs the Australian company SIMEC ZEN Energy.He is also behind the rescue plan for the struggling steelworks at Whyalla in South Australia.
He aims to power the steelworks from the 280 MW Cultana Solar Farm signed off by the South Australian Government in May this year.
Cultana will have 780,000 solar panels generating up to 600 GWh a year. This can power close to 100,000 homes and offset 492,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide.
Victorian Government’s clean energy credentials
Re-elected in November 2018, the Andrews Labor Government in Victoria is proud of its renewable energy credentials. These include:
- Solar panel rebate up to $2,225 under the Solar Homes program.
- Increased renewable energy target (RET) of 50 per cent by 2030.
- Solar panel access for renters under Solar Homes.
- Half-price solar batteries under the same scheme.
Meanwhile, solar batteries like the Tesla Powerwall 2 and the Enphase range help households slash power bills by storing daytime solar energy for use during the evening peak hour.