Tetris Energy, an Australian-owned renewable energy company developing a range of wind, solar PV, storage, and energy infrastructure projects across Australia, has unveiled plans for its innovative Victorian transmission project Energy Track as the State grapples with grid constraints and public angst over new transmission infrastructure developments.
The Energy Track project will see redundant rail signal towers upgraded into to modern, multi-functional transmission poles within the Melbourne-Albury rail corridor without impacting on additional landowners for access or land acquisition.
Tetris Energy Director, Frank Boland, said Tetris Energy is a strong advocate for transmission development that enables both new renewable energy projects and loads, both of which Energy Track achieves with minimal environmental and social impacts.
“Tetris Energy's proposed use of the existing railway signal tower easement with a single landholder minimises time, cost, and social license risks, while the project's design of power poles as technology-neutral enables future electrification, aligning with the growing demand for electrified railway infrastructure in the northern region of Melbourne and the Hume corridor.”
“Energy Track will assist in unlocking renewable resources, diversifying energy generation across different wind resource zones to contribute to energy reliability and provide pollution-free electricity to support Victoria's transition to a net-zero and climate-resilient state by 2050.”
“Energy Track will be the enabler for renewable energy projects generating and connecting at one end, and electric locomotives populating the platforms at Southern Cross Station at the other, displacing the existing fleet of loud and polluting diesel-powered trains,” said Mr Boland.
The Energy Track project team has undertaken detailed planning and assessment, including sectional engineering assessments and associated risk reviews in conjunction with VicGrid. Consultation has been undertaken and remains ongoing with key project stakeholders, including Ausnet, VicTrack, and VicGrid, with in-principle support received from the Victorian Department of Transport and Planning.
Tetris Energy has experience and understanding of the requirements of working within the rail corridor, with managing safety risk and operational impact of overriding priority. The Energy Track design and construction methodology would have no impact to rail operations and include installation of temporary fencing to create a works area that separates workers from live tracks.
Visit www.energytrackvic.com for more project information