Victoria Committed To Wind Farm Power

20:02' 20-02-2018
The Victorian Government has put its weight behind wind power and a strong “renewables future” for the state, legislating renewable energy generation targets of 25% by 2020 and 40% by 2025. These targets will see an estimated $9 billion of investment and around 11,000 construction jobs created over the period of the scheme.

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    Near Ararat in western Victoria, a new wind farm was officially opened last June, the third largest in Australia. The 240MW wind farm generates enough electricity to power over 120,000 Victorian homes.

    Other wind farms to be completed this year are also in western Victoria. These include Stockyard Hill, Lal Lal, Moorabool, Dundonnell, Murra Warra, the Bulgana Green Power Hub, and the Kiata Windfarm in Horsham.

    The nine towers of Kiata Windfarm, powering more than 20,000 households, is a project by Keppel Prince, Australia's largest wind tower manufacturer. The company has been manufacturing wind towers since 2000 and has produced over 600 wind towers across projects in Victoria, South Australia, and New South Wales.

    Keppel Prince are also providing 15 towers for Tilt Renewables’ Salt Creek Wind Farm at Woorndoo, near the Grampians. They will double their workforce by the end of the year to achieve this.

    Construction of the Mt Gellibrand wind farm, 17 kilometres west of Winchelsea, is powering ahead, with up to three turbines to be erected each week until completion, and set to begin commercial operations in July.

    Stawell’s Nectar Farms is an advanced 40 hectare agriculture facility, using the latest in hydroponic glasshouse and plant technology to supply the highest quality vegetables into domestic and international markets. It will also be the world’s first ever crop farm to be completely powered by renewable energy, supplied by the nearby 204MW Bulgana Green Power Hub with 20MW battery backup.

    At present 30 wind farms are used to generate electricity in Australia, over half of them in Victoria. More are under construction, and many dozens are in the planning stage or subject to feasibility studies.

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