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MEDIA RELEASE: Meridian Energy Australia invests in renewable energy by adding hydro, solar and wind projects

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MEDIA RELEASE: Meridian Energy Australia invests in renewable energy by adding hydro, solar and wind projects
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1 February 2018

Meridian Energy Australia has entered into an agreement to purchase three hydro power stations from Trustpower for A$168m and in addition has signed three Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with renewable projects in Victoria and New South Wales to support Powershop’s continued customer growth. The combination of these hydro, wind and solar projects will add 749 GWh, taking Meridian’s annual renewable generation to roughly 1,300 GWh in Australia.

Meridian Energy Australia and Powershop Australia’s Chief Executive Ed McManus says, “Meridian is pleased to add hydro, wind and solar generation capacity to our existing wind generation. These agreements expand our portfolio of 100% renewable generation allowing us to support our growing customer base and drive further demand for large scale renewable energy in Australia.”

“Powershop, Meridian Australia’s retail arm, has been on a strong growth trajectory since its launch in 2014, with customer numbers now more than 100,000. Acquiring the three hydro power stations along with the three PPAs for wind and solar farms in New South Wales and Victoria allows Powershop to continue to cover its growing retail position.”

“Powershop’s steady growth is proof that Australians have a strong desire to support a green energy company. Our business model has always been based on having a balanced portfolio of generation and retail. Powershop’s growth has created the need for us to make this move in the market. As Powershop continues to grow, we will invest in more renewable energy generation.”

“Additionally, the opportunity to acquire hydro assets in Australia is extremely rare and having a balanced portfolio of wind, solar and hydro allows us to more effectively manage risk in the market. Meridian will continue to monitor new technology, such as pumped hydro, batteries and thermal solar, so that we can ensure we have a diverse range of technologies and generation,” McManus said.

Powershop Australia is the only electricity retailer to be certified 100% carbon neutral by the Australian Government and has been ranked by Greenpeace as the greenest power company in Australia for two years running.

About the agreements:

Trustpower Limited Hydro power stations, New South Wales

Pictured: Burrinjuck Power Station

Meridian Energy Australia has entered into a conditional agreement with Trustpower Limited to purchase GSP Energy Pty Ltd, which operates three hydro power stations; Hume, Burrinjuck and the Keepit Power Stations (formally the Green State Power hydro assets), located in New South Wales, Australia. The agreement is for the purchase of 100% of the shares of GSP Energy Pty Ltd.

CWP Renewables – Crudine Ridge Wind Farm, NSW

The Crudine Ridge Wind Farm is an approved wind energy project near Pyramul, NSW, situated approximately 45 km south of Mudgee. The new project consists of 37 wind turbines, with a generation capacity of 135 MW and is due for completion in 2019.

Total Eren – Stage 1 of Kiamal Solar Farm, Victoria

The proposed Stage 1 of Kiamal Solar Farm is located north of the Ouyen township in North-West Victoria and is developed by Total Eren, a leading French independent power producer. Stage 1 of Kiamal Solar Farm is expected to have a nameplate capacity of 200 MW and will be Total Eren’s first investment in Australia. The project is currently in advanced development and is due for completion in mid-2019 with part of its capacity contracted to Meridian Energy Australia.

TILT Renewables – Salt Creek Wind Farm

Salt Creek Wind Farm is currently under construction near Woorndoo, around 250 kilometres west of Melbourne, Victoria. The wind farm, due for completion in mid to late 2018 is located on a Merino Stud Farm and has a capacity of 54 MW.

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