RMIT University led a group of Melbourne universities and businesses to source wind energy produced in regional Victoria.
Building on the success of the first Melbourne Renewable Energy Project (MREP 1), RMIT and six partners used their combined purchasing power to secure wind energy through MREP 2, facilitated by the City of Melbourne.
The project sees 22 RMIT buildings across the City and Bundoora East campuses powered 100% carbon neutral electricity from January 2021, including Melbourne architectural icon, The Capitol.
Most of the wind power is produced at the Yaloak South Wind Farm near Ballan, with the remaining energy coming from other wind farm projects in regional Victoria.
The MREP 2 deal provides 110 GWh of electricity to the group per year, the equivalent to providing renewable energy to power more than 22,000 Australian households every year. It will reduce greenhouse gas pollution by 123,000 tonnes a year, which is comparable to taking nearly 28,000 cars off the road.