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Victorian taxpayers to fund first ‘solar trams’

Jan 20, 2017Uncategorized

tramReported in the Australian: Victorian taxpayers will partially fund the building of a $150 million solar plant to be used to power Melbourne’s tram network.

Victorian Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio yesterday doubled down on the government’s controversial renewable energy targets as she announced that a 75 megawatt solar plant would be built in regional Victoria.

She would not say how much the government would contribute to the project, which will be partially funded by the private sector.

She boasted a “world first” policy would see Melbourne’s entire tram network run on solar power, although she acknowledged this was “notional” and that the energy would flow into the broader system but the government would buy enough renewable certificates to cover the tram system’s needs.

Read the full story in The Australian.