Renewable energy

Every day we provide a range of renewable energy options to hundreds of thousands of Australians.

Since our company formed in 2000, we’ve made huge investments in wind, geothermal, hydropower and solar technologies, both in Australia and overseas.

And while some of these technologies are yet to prove commercially viable, we’re definitely not giving up. In fact, growing our position in renewable energy in the Asia-Pacific region is one of our major priorities.

Wind power portfolio

330,0001 homes

Homes we can power through our wind power portfolio.

360,000 accounts

Customers with solar PV installed.

Leading green energy retailer2

We're Australia's largest green energy retailer providing GreenPower, Green Gas and Green LPG.

Our renewable portfolio 


Our activities in renewable energy span Australia, New Zealand, Chile and Indonesia.

In Australia, we own solar parks, a wind farm at Cullerin Range and a large wind development opportunity in Victoria. We’ve also underpinned the development of many other wind farms by signing long-term power purchase agreements, most recently for the Snowtown II Wind Farm, which under the terms of the 15-year agreement, sees Origin supplied with 100 per cent of the output.

As part of our investment in New Zealand’s Contact Energy, we operate hydro and geothermal generation.


Wind energy

We generate and also buy wind power from other wind farms across South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales, a combined generation capacity of around 800 MW.

We operate Cullerin Range Wind Farm in NSW, a 30 MW wind farm producing power with zero carbon emissions.

With TrustPower, we signed our largest ever wind power purchase agreement in which we are supplied the renewable energy generated by TrustPower’s Snowtown II Wind Farm in South Australia.

How wind power works


Solar

We have more than 10 years experience in solar and solar technologies and further growing our solar business is one of our priorities. As one of Australia’s largest installers of solar panels, we've helped around 80,000 homes use solar energy.

We’re planning to build what will be Australia’s largest rooftop solar array. Under an agreement with the South Australian Government, Origin will build, own and sell the electricity generated by a 3 MW solar array to businesses in the Tonsley precinct in South Australia.

We own and operate two solar parks located in Ballarat and Bendigo. Our Solar Parks are designed to generate around 700 MWh3 of solar energy in total per year or enough to supply around 100 Australian4 homes with power.

Through Energia Andina, our joint venture with Antofagasta Minerals in Chile, we hold a 40% stake in the 69 MW Javiera solar project located in the nation’s Atacama Desert. The project marks Origin’s first investment in utility scale solar not just in Chile but globally and it is also our first operating asset in the nation. As part of the transaction, Origin’s equity stake in Energia Andina is 49.9%.

Advantages of solar power


Hydroelectricity

In Australia, we own and operate Shoalhaven Pump Storage Scheme.

We also hold a majority stake in Contact Energy in New Zealand. Contact Energy owns and operates around 750 MW hydro generation in the lower South Island.

Through Energía Austral, our joint venture with Glencore, we’re assessing the potential for development of the 640 MW Cuervo hydroelectric plant in the Aysén Region of southern Chile.

Learn more about hydropower


Geothermal

We hold a majority stake in Contact Energy in New Zealand. Contact Energy owns and operates around 430 MW of geothermal generation, including the 166 MW Te Mihi power station.


  1. Based on 700 MW portfolio of owned and contracted wind power, a conservative capacity factor of 35 per cent and average household electricity consumption of 6.5 MWh per annum.
  2. Comparison with other retailers is based on the GreenPower Accredited Renewable Energy Quarterly Report Q1 March 2014
  3. Based on 2013/2014 generation figures from the Solar Parks.
  4. Assumed household energy consumption of 6.5 MWh/annum