Reducing CO2 emissions - Gippsland Water Factory solar project

Introducing solar power to reduce emissions and energy costs
Large solar array at the Gippsland Water Factory
The large solar array at the Gippsland Water Factory


We constructed a ground mounted solar array at the Gippsland Water Factory in 2022.

The project helps reduce our power costs by providing cheap and clean electricity generation, and contribute significantly to reaching our target of being powered by 100% renewable energy by 2025, and reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2030. The 1,280 kilowatt system at its peak capacity it will be able to completely power the water factory. During peak power demand, a supporting diesel generator will also operate.

Our treatment and pumping facilities are a major consumer of electricity. Our emissions reduction pledge requires us to achieve renewable generation targets and CO2 savings. This new solar array at the Gippsland Water Factory will contribute 45% of these savings, providing considerable environmental and economic benefits. Read about our plan for climate change action.

Fast facts

We installed a ground mounted photovoltaic solar array at our Gippsland Water Factory. This renewable generation project will provide environmental and financial savings and cover approximately 45% of our CO2 emissions reduction pledge.

Location: Gippsland Water Factory - Morwell

Timing: 2022

Expected cost: $3 million

More information

The new solar power array will benefit customers by:

  • Providing environmental benefits including reducing CO2 emmissions
  • Reducing our operating costs by reducing our electricity bill significantly
  • Generating additional income through an ability to sell excess power back to the electricity grid.

Like with all our works, we want to protect environmental and cultural heritage values:

  • This project benefits the environment by providing considerable CO2 savings
  • Environmental and cultural heritage studies have been undertaken to ensure there will be minimal impact on the environment and heritage value of the area.
  • We will work within construction environmental management plans to manage environmental risks associated with the works.

We have consulted with neighbouring properties and stakeholders:

  • Contact and information provided to the direct neighbours to the property
  • Prior consultation with Latrobe City council, West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning (DELWP), and Country Fire Authority

We also welcome direct comments and enquiries from the community at any time.

For more information, email or phone 1800 050 500. You can also explore opportunities to get involved in our work and our planning, visit community engagement.