The Melbourne Renewable Energy Project has released a tender for renewable energy projects that are “shovel-ready and have planning approvals in place”.

Led by the City of Melbourne, the group comprises Australia Post, NAB, the University of Melbourne, RMIT, NEXTDC, Zoos Victoria, the City of Port Phillip, Moreland City Council, the City of Yarra, Citywide, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Bank Australia.

The group predicts it will purchase 110 GWh of energy, which is enough to power more than 28,000 households in Melbourne for a year.

The tender has been released by Procurement Australia which is seeking responses from new renewable energy projects that are shovel-ready and have planning approvals in place.

According to the Project partners, the call for tenders is the first in a series of key project milestones that will take place throughout the year. Once the winning tender is selected, each member of the purchasing group will enter into a long term electricity supply contact for renewable energy.

“Up to 140 jobs could be created in the construction phase, with a number of ongoing jobs in the operation and management of the plant. We are challenging the market to supply us with the right energy at the right price. If the market responds effectively, we will see a new renewable energy plant constructed within the next two years,” said Lord Mayor Robert Doyle.