Yarra Valley Water secures $1 million to expand food waste to energy facility
The Waste to Energy – Bioenergy Fund is providing $10 million in grants to support the development of innovative bioenergy projects and business models to enable the implementation of best-practice infrastructure that builds capability and capacity in Victoria’s bioenergy sector.
Managing Director Pat McCafferty said investing in technology is vital to help manage an increase in food waste into landfill as Melbourne’s population grows.
“Investing in food waste to energy production is central to our commitment to support Victoria’s transition to a circular economy, reduce waste and minimise our carbon footprint.”
The Fund is delivered by Sustainability Victoria under the Victorian Government’s circular economy policy, Recycling Victoria: a new economy. The circular economy policy is part of the Victorian Government’s $515 million investment to deliver the biggest ever transformation of Victoria’s waste and recycling industry.
“Having a second generator will increase the power output of our Lilydale facility, nearly doubling our export to the grid,” Mr McCafferty said. “Another benefit is that we can continue to operate uninterrupted if one generator has any issues.
The Fund is delivered by Sustainability Victoria under the Victorian Government’s circular economy policy, Recycling Victoria: a new economy.
Twenty-four projects have been funded under this program, with total funding awarded to date of up to $8 million.
Once operational, the Lilydale facility will generate over 12,900 megawatt hours of electricity per year – that’s around 35 per cent of Yarra Valley Water’s energy needs or enough to power the equivalent of more than 2,200 Victorian households. It will also divert about 55,000 tonnes of commercial and industrial food waste from landfill every year.
In addition to the funding for the Lilydale facility, Yarra Valley Water has been granted an additional $175,000 to enhance the electricity generation infrastructure at its bioenergy facility in Wollert (one of Australia’s largest Food Waste to Energy Facilities).
The food waste to energy projects are a cost effective solution to achieving regulatory greenhouse gas reduction requirements set out by the Victorian Government in Yarra Valley Water’s Statement of Obligations (Emissions Reductions).
The funding for the Lilydale facility will help Yarra Valley Water achieve its target of generating 100 per cent of its own energy needs through renewable energy in 2025.
“This funding will play a vital role in expanding our capabilities, allowing us to divert even more food waste from landfill and generate clean energy to power homes and facilities,” he said. “It's a win-win solution that supports sustainable practices and helps us make a significant impact on waste reduction,” Mr McCafferty said.