Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) has entered into an historic six-year agreement to secure power that is linked to renewable energy.

The energy will be sourced from Queensland’s Clarke Creek Wind Farm & Blue Grass Solar projects as part of BAC’s commitment to be net zero for scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2025. The corporation is the first customer to sign onto Stanwell Corporation’s renewable energy pipeline, which will supply up to 185GWh of power each year.

BAC CEO Gert-Jan de Graaff hailed the landmark announcement, which supports Brisbane Airport Corporation’s dramatically accelerated sustainability target.

"This energy deal delivers on Brisbane Airport Corporation’s commitment to be a sustainable world leading airport city. Queenslanders will be able to travel through our terminals knowing their journey begins and ends at one of the world’s most sustainable airports,” he said.

"There are half a million businesses in Queensland. I’m proud that Brisbane Airport Corporation is customer number one for Stanwell’s renewable energy pipeline."

The energy linked to Stanwell's renewable energy projects will power operations from the runway lights through to the terminals at Brisbane Airport. It will also recharge the airport’s fleet of electric buses, cars, Australia’s only electric aircraft refuelling truck and even electric lawn mowers.

Energy Minister Mick de Brenni described supplying linked renewable energy options for commercial and industrial businesses as a win-win for Queenslanders.

"There are two major milestones to celebrate with this partnership – the energy offtake deal is the first renewable energy contract signed from Stanwell’s renewable energy pipeline and BAC is the first Queensland airport to commit to reaching net-zero scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2025," he said.

BAC is already producing solar energy from its 6mW renewable energy system, which harnesses energy from 18,000 panels installed across the airport. The corporation has now announced that it will increase this, adding a further 5mW of solar capacity on site.

The corporation is a unique power customer in that it operates its own electricity distribution network across Brisbane Airport, supplying more than 500 businesses with power.

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