The Victorian Government will run a tender to help build 75 megawatts of new large scale solar farms, delivering $150 million in new capital investment and 300 new jobs.
Around 35 megawatts of the new solar farm will be linked to Melbourne's tram network. The Victorian Government will voluntarily surrender renewable energy certificates matching the amount of electricity used by all of Melbourne's trams.
This will result in a reduction of more than 80,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every year.
An open tender will be run in the first half of 2017 to build Victoria's first large scale solar farms by the end of 2018.
This initiative will keep Victorian on track to meet its target of net zero emissions by 2050.
More information and updates on the Renewable Certificate Purchasing Initiative and associated tenders are available on the DELWP website.