Mount Gellibrand wind farm to start powering in July

Construction of the Mt Gellibrand wind farm is powering ahead, with up to three turbines to be erected each week until completion thanks to the Victorian State Government’s renewable energy policy.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio visited the site of the new windfarm near Colac , which is set to begin commercial operations in July.

D’Ambrosio said, “We’re supporting the renewables sector to create local jobs and deliver affordable clean energy.”

“We’ve backed the Mt Gellibrand Wind Farm every step of the way – because we’re making Victoria the national leader in renewable energy to drive down energy prices, create jobs and reduce emissions.”

More than 150 people are involved in its construction, with up to 10 ongoing operations and maintenance roles.

Developed by ACCIONA Energy, the 132MW wind farm was the successful recipient of the Labor Government’s first round of tenders, as part of the Renewable Certificate Purchasing Initiative.

Located 17 kilometres west of Winchelsea, the farm will be home to 44 wind turbines, each reaching a height of 150 metres once the 60-metres blades are attached.

Western Victoria is currently seeing a jobs boom with six projects underway or proposed in the area.

These include Stockyard Hill, Lal Lal, Moorabool, Dundonnell, Murra Warra, the Bulgana Green Power Hub – Stawell Nectar Farms, as well as the Government’s other Renewable Certificate Purchasing Initiative (RCPI) contract – the Kiata Windfarm in Horsham.