The Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme is one of the most complex integrated water and hydro-electric power schemes in the world.

Snowy Hydro Ltd,
            one of Australia’s largest generators of renewable energy.and owners
            of Red Energy and Lumo Energy

How it works

The Scheme collects and stores the water that would normally flow east to the coast and diverts it through trans-mountain tunnels and power stations. The water is then released into the Murray and Murrumbidgee Rivers for irrigation.

Every day Red provides electricity and gas to more than one million account holders who are households and businesses – big and small – across the country.

How it was built

The Scheme took 25 years to build and was completed in 1974. More than 100,000 people from over 30 countries came to work in the mountains to make true a vision of diverting water to farms to feed a growing nation and to build power stations to generate renewable electricity for homes and industries.

Sixteen major dams, seven major power stations (two underground), a pumping station, 145kms of inter-connected trans-mountain tunnels and 80kms of aqueducts were constructed. Even before the Scheme was completed, it was named as one of the civil engineering wonders of the modern world.

Snowy 2.0

The next step in the Snowy story is Snowy 2.0. As the largest renewable energy project in Australia, the project will provide on-demand energy and large-scale storage for many more generations of Australians.

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Our sustainability initiatives

We’re serious about making a difference for our customers, communities and the environment we operate in.

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Our commitment to renewable energy

Our community impact

Red Energy has been part of the Snowy business for more than a decade. Lumo Energy was added to Snowy in 2014.

At Red, we are committed to looking after the communities we do business in by supporting organisations like BCNA (Breast Cancer Network Australia) and the Taronga Conservation Society.

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