A major part of Victoria's public transport system has been linked to renewable energy to reduce our carbon footprint and deliver a clean, sustainable future.

Melbourne's 400-strong tram network was linked to renewable energy in November 2018.

While commuters won’t see actual panels on Melbourne’s 400 trams, the electricity the tram network requires to operate with will be offset by certificates purchased from 35 megawatts of solar generation from Bannerton Solar Park and Numurkah Solar Farm  The 88 megawatt Bannerton Solar Park near Robinvale in central Victoria is operational and the 100 megawatt Numurkah Solar Farm near Shepparton is anticipated to be online by mid-2019.  

This initiative is expected to result in a reduction of more than 80,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every year, as well as deliver hundreds of jobs and a significant boost to our state-wide energy network.
The Solar Trams Project is being delivered under the Renewable Certificate Purchasing Initiative through Victoria's Renewable Energy Action Plan.

The Solar Trams initiative is part of the TAKE2 climate change pledge to reach net zero emissions by 2050 and keep the global temperature rise to under 2 degrees.

Page last updated: 27/07/20