Telstra dials up its renewable ambition
Telstra is Australia’s first major telco to commit to 100% renewable electricity, announcing in March 2020 that the company will be powered by the wind and sun in 2025.
With Telstra the 13th largest electricity user in the country – consuming close to 1% of electricity generated nationwide – this represents a significant commitment that will help reduce emissions in the national electricity grid.
The commitment follows Telstra’s early leadership signing two corporate power purchase agreements (PPA) in 2017.
Telstra acted as lead partner in a joint- off-take agreement with the Murra Warra Wind Farm. The 226MW project is near Horsham in North West Victoria. The project commenced operation in March 2019 and supplies enough power for 222,000 homes. The other project partners were ANZ Bank, Coca-Cola Amatil, the University of Melbourne and Monash University.
Telstra is also the sole customer of the Emerald Solar Park in Queensland. The 70MW solar project started generating in September 2018 and produces enough power to supply 35,000 Queensland homes.
Telstra is continuing to pursue further PPAs in its transition to 100% renewable powered company.
Solar PV and smart energy use
On top of its two PPAs Telstra has over 10,000 sites with telecommunications equipment wholly or partly powered by solar pv. These are largely in rural or remote locations not reached by the main grid. It also has some 2.1MW of grid connected solar.
While Telstra’s commitment reflect significant leadership for a major electricity user, the company has not yet signed up to the global RE100 initiative.
Greenpeace is encouraging Telstra to cement it’s leadership position and realise the benefits of being part of a leadership group by signing up as a member of RE100.
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