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.