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Solar farm to power Wodonga’s sewage treatment plant

25 July 2019

Wodonga’s sewage treatment plant will soon be powered by a three megawatt solar farm as part of North East Water’s commitment to reduce its carbon footprint.

Tenders are expected to be issued in the coming months for the multi-million dollar project to be built on Corporation owned land between Old Barnawartha Road and the Hume Highway at West Wodonga.

Managing Director, Craig Heiner, said approximately 10,000 panels will be installed at the site and will utilise a single axis tracking system to increase solar generation capacity.

“The farm will generate enough electricity to power the nearby sewage treatment plant during daylight hours”, Mr Heiner said.

“Wodonga’s sewage treatment plant consumes 25% of the Corporation’s total energy requirements, so the solar installation will significantly reduce our expenses and carbon emissions.

“Any excess electricity generated by the farm will be fed into the grid to help off-set power usage at other water and sewage treatment plants across the north-east.

“We’ve been investing significantly at the plant over the past few years to increase its efficiency and the solar farm is another step in that journey."

Mr Heiner added, “We currently source around 20% of our electricity from wind generated power from Ararat.”

“When the solar farm comes online, 50% of the Corporation’s total daytime power consumption will come from green energy.

“This is all part of our commitment to cutting carbon emissions by 42% within six years and our pledge to achieve net-zero emissions before 2050.”

Construction of the solar farm is expected to commence in late 2019 and is estimated to take 18 months to complete.