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NGS Super spotlight - Tilt Renewables

12 Dec 2022 3 min read

Tilt Renewables, established in 2016 by QIC in partnership with AGL Energy, is now Australia’s largest renewable energy platform, with 9 wind and solar farms operations across the country, currently generating enough power for 700,000 homes every year. This saves over 3.2 tonnes of carbon emissions, and is equivalent to taking over 1.6 million cars off the road. Tilt’s development pipeline includes over 3000MW of geographically, climatically and technologically diverse projects.

Tilt’s sustainability ethos is central, not just in its operations, but in its relationships with the communities it works with, and its investors. Its community engagement initiatives include:

  • The Dundonnell Wind Farm Benefit Sharing Plan was given the Clean Energy Council’s Community Engagement Award, and has included the installation of a mini-grid, a road safety fund, support for local not-for-profit organisations, and the provision of mental health providers and education funding for residents.
  • Tilt’s commitment to the Snowtown community through the Lend a Hand Foundation has provided support for local community projects, charities, schools and individuals, including things as diverse as a skate park, irrigation for a school oval and the ‘Big Blade’ tourist attraction.
  • Education Scholarship Salt Creek: At its Salt Creek Wind Farm, Tilt works with the host landowner to jointly fund a charitable trust that awards a scholarship to one student from Victoria’s Western District each year for 25 years. This scholarship provides support for those who might not otherwise have been able to access higher education due to the cost of relocation and accommodation away from home.

Recognising the inevitable impacts of its manufacturing and construction processes, Tilt works to avoid or minimise these, with the goal of having a net positive environmental impact. At Dundonnell Wind Farm, for example, it has fenced 900 hectares to improve native vegetation conditions — this is Victoria’s largest conservation reserve that is free of feral animals. Tilt has also partnered with Odonata and Greening Australia to restore 4 wetlands and encourage the return of brolgas to the area.

Tilt often works with specialist heritage advisors and Traditional Owners to identify and protect cultural heritage at its project sites. NGS Super has an investment in Tilt Renewables via the QIC Global Infrastructure Fund.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

This investment supports the following SDGs.

Sustainable Development Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy Sustainable Development Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all Promoting sustainable industrialisation and fostering innovation Making our communities resilient and sustainable
Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate action  
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts  

Broken Hill Solar Plant is owned by Tilt Renewables. Image courtesy of Tilt Renewables.

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