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Western Australia set to benefit from major renewable energy investments

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The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced major investments into three key renewable energy projects in Australia’s transport sector.

More than $21.8 million is being committed to companies in Western Australia for a total $48.4 million investment in the shift towards electric vehicles through the federal government’s Driving the Nation Program.

Freight transporter Centurion Transport is set to benefit the most, with $15.8 million provided by ARENA to roll out 30 battery electric trucks in its fleet. It will also install 15 dual port chargers to cut emissions at its Hazelmere depot.

These chargers will be powered by a fully integrated off-grid energy system including rooftop solar and on-site battery storage.

“This project represents a significant step in Centurion’s decarbonisation journey and continuing our work towards an operational future with net zero emissions,” says Centurion CEO Justin Cardaci.

“Centurion actively seeks to deploy technology where its ready to displace the diesel transport equivalent and the ARENA funding certainly helps support the economics of this project.”

Patrick Terminals has also been awarded $2.5 million to reduce emissions at WA’s largest container port.

The ARENA funding will help Patrick deploy nine battery electric terminal trucks and related fast chargers in an Australian first at the Port of Fremantle.

“The project, supported by allocation of $2.5 million from ARENA funding, allows Patrick Terminals to lead the port industry’s transition to electric vehicles, deploying nine cutting-edge battery electric terminal trucks and fast chargers at our Fremantle operations,” says Michael Jovicic, CEO of Patrick Terminals.

“The introduction of electric terminal equipment at our Fremantle operations is an exciting initiative that demonstrates our ongoing commitment to investing capital in our Fremantle terminal to support longevity of port operations whilst also aligning with our commitment to decarbonising our operations.”

Lastly, the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) will coordinate the delivery of 129 light battery electric vehicles and required charging infrastructure with $3.5 million of funding from ARENA.

The EVs will be purchased and operated in the fleets of 22 local governments representing 58 per cent of Western Australians.

ARENA CEO Darren Miller says the three projects demonstrate the breadth of ARENA’s commitment to decarbonising transport.

“These three projects demonstrate a variety of vehicles and use cases for EVs including industries that have previously proved challenging to reduce vehicle emissions,” he says.

“This is exactly what ARENA’s Driving the Nation program is for; testing and demonstrating new use cases for electrical vehicles to prove the business case for low emissions transport.

“Each of these three projects is breaking new ground in the transition to electric vehicles and we’re excited to see businesses and councils in Western Australia leading the way.”

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