Australia’s first urban surf park seeks power from wind and solar

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Australia’s first inland surf lagoon next to Melbourne Airport will use on-site solar and a renewable energy power purchase agreement to power its urban swell.

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One Step Off The Grid

Australia’s first inland surf park, which has this week been completed on seven hectares owned by the Melbourne Airport in Tullamarine, is to be powered by renewable energy.

The massive “MCG-sized” urban surf lagoon, brought to life by local outfit Urbnsurf, uses the technology of Spain-based Wavegarden to produce up to 1000 “ocean-like” waves an hour.

To do this will obviously require no small amount of energy, but founder and executive director of Urbnsurf Andrew Ross has a plan for that.

The Tullamarine surf park already has solar panels installed across the facility’s buildings – including a surf academy, an all-day restaurant and a surf shop – to help minimise their grid power usage.

And for the wave generator, Ross says Urbnsurf is currently on the market to strike a renewable energy power purchase agreement with a suitable provider.

That shouldn’t prove a problem, considering the pipeline of large-scale solar and wind projects being developed in Victoria, and the equally healthy state of the Australian PPA market.

To read the full story on RenewEconomy sister site, One Step Off The Grid, click here…

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