Canadian Solar to provide EPC services and supply solar modules for 175 MWp Finley Solar Farm in Australia

3 January

Canadian Solar Inc. (the "Company", or "Canadian Solar") (NASDAQ:CSIQ), one of the world's largest solar power companies, today announced that it will be partnering with Signal Energy to provide Engineering, Procurement and Constructions (EPC) services and supply solar modules for ESCO Pacific's 175MWp/133MWac Finley Solar Farm in New South Wales, Australia.

Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar, said, "We are delighted to be selected by ESCO Pacific to provide EPC services together with Signal Energy and to supply our 1500V crystalline module to this large-scale solar power plant. This partnership further expands our presence and solidifies our competitive position in Australia. We are committed to providing customers in Australia and around the world with access to clean, affordable and reliable solar energy."

The solar plant will be built on approximately 1,000 acres of grazing, crop and irrigated lands near Finley, New South Wales, Australia. Over 490,000 of Canadian Solar's 1500V high efficiency KuMax modules (CS3U-P) will be installed on single-axis solar tracking systems.  When completed, it will produce enough electricity to meet the needs of more than 90,000 NSW homes and displacing more than 400,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

"We are excited about establishing ourselves in the Australian renewable energy market," said Greg Pawson, President of Signal Energy. "Signal Energy has had great success in the United States by creating value for our customers through optimization and execution of their solar projects, and leveraging our experience internationally has proven to make a lot of sense."

"The Australian market has been very receptive to our arrival, and we appreciate the confidence that ESCO Pacific has placed in Signal Energy Australia," said Greg Pawson, President of Signal Energy "Canadian Solar's focus on providing creative technical and commercial solutions match very well with Signal's mission and we are very pleased to be working together again on this important project."

Construction of the project began in December 2018 and is expected to complete in October 2019.

Source: Canadian Solar

PROJECT NEWS

Cape York Battery Power Plant

Construction of the Cape York Battery Power Plant will start in early 2019 after it secured its generator performance standard. Developer Lyon Group said the project is one of the first renewable generation projects to pass the more onerous grid connection requirements implemented in 2018, and will be the first large dispatchable solar generator in Australia’s national electricity market.

Terregra appoints Balance as solar EPC contractor

7 January

Terregra Renewables has appointed Balance Utility Solutions as the EPC contractor for the 5MW Mobilong Solar Farm.

The Mobilong Solar Farm is located north of Murray Bridge in South Australia and is the first solar project developed by Terregra Renewables.

With all the permits now received and the project being shovel-ready, Balance Utility Solutions will immediately start work on the design and construction of the solar farm.

“We were drawn to Balance Utility Solutions by their innovative and flexible approach to the design and construction process,” said Graham Pearson, Director of Terregra Renewables.

“They have supported us almost from the start of the development process under a unique early contractor involvement arrangement and were pivotal in helping to refine the project. We have valued their input along the way and look forward to partnering with them during the construction phase.”

The 5MW project will include about 16,100 PV modules and two containerized inverters. Approximately 40 jobs will be created during construction, with work expected to be completed in April or May 2019.

Most recently, Balance Utility Solutions has completed the first ground-mounted solar farm for the Department of Defence and is currently building a number of projects including hybrid power systems in the mid-west of WA, an island in the Whitsunday’s and for a coconut processing facility in the Federated States of Micronesia.

“Balance is delighted to be working with Terregra Renewables on the delivery of their first solar project in Australia. The close working relationship we have created through project development and now into delivery has ensured a focus on performance and delivery, reducing the risks for the developer and for Balance as the EPC.” Rod Hayes, Managing Director of Balance Utility Solutions.

“We expect this approach of close developer and EPC early collaboration, and a focus on portfolios of smaller scale projects, to be a growing trend through the next few years as the utility scale solar market continues to mature. Terregra Renewables has been a pleasure to work with under very tight timeframes.”

The Mobilong Solar Farm has been developed by Terregra Renewables, a subsidiary of the listed Indonesian company PT Terregra Asia Energy Tbk. Terregra Renewables are also actively developing other solar projects in Australia, while in Indonesia the company will develop, build and operate more than 500MW over the next 5 years.

Source: Terregra Renewables

PROJECT NEWS

Mooroopna Solar Farm

Greater Shepparton City Council intends entering into a lease arrangement with GVCE Mooroopna Solar Pty Ltd for a site that will host the proposed $40mil Mooroopna Solar Farm. Council conducted a request for expression of interest followed by a select tender process which resulted in the preferred tenderer being Goulburn Valley Community Energy Pty Ltd. GVCE Mooroopna Solar is a ‘Special Purpose Vehicle’ (SPV) which consists of Goulburn Valley Community Energy Pty Ltd (GVCE) and AKUO Energy Pty Ltd. The proposed lease is for a term of 25 years with an option to extend the lease for an additional 25 years. Council has been informed by GVCE Mooroopna Solar Pty Ltd that the proposed solar farm will be able to generate up to 23MW per annum.

Allens advises Sydney Airport on corporate PPA

7 January

Allens has advised Sydney Airport on its eight-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with CWP Renewables and Origin Energy.

Under the agreement, Sydney Airport will receive the benefit of a fixed amount of renewable energy and associated environmental products supplied at a fixed price from the Sapphire Wind Farm and, once operational, the Crudine Ridge Wind Farm.

Electricity contracted under the agreement represents up to 75 per cent of Sydney Airport's electricity consumption. The PPA is backed up by Origin, who will provide firming electricity to Sydney Airport under an electricity supply agreement.

The PPA is part of Sydney Airport's commitment to a low-carbon future, and is one of a number of steps towards its targeted 50 per cent reduction in carbon intensity by 2025.

Commenting on the PPA, partner Kate Axup said the project builds on the firm's portfolio of corporate PPA work.

'PPAs are a growing trend as more and more corporates see the benefits of securing longer-term, fixed-price electricity procurement arrangements,' Kate said.

'It is encouraging to see businesses focused on securing renewable power as part of their energy mix. We were delighted to work with Sydney Airport on this significant transaction.'

The Sapphire Wind Farm is a 273 megawatt wind farm located near Glenn Innes in regional NSW. The Crudine Ridge Wind Farm is a 134 megawatt wind farm located near Mudgee in regional NSW.

Source: Allens

Energy networks map customer savings

8 January

Energy Networks Australia has released new interactive maps of Australia’s energy grid to help identify optimal areas for new renewable projects and demand management, ultimately saving customers money in power bills.  

The Network Opportunity Maps, produced with the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), identify areas where the grid is ‘constrained’ and not easily able to cope with new connections.

Energy Networks Australia CEO Andrew Dillon said the maps provided important information that would ultimately save customers money by helping networks avoid spending as much on traditional poles and wires. 

“The network opportunity maps are a valuable resource for measuring and tracking areas that would most benefit from renewable energy investment or alternative demand management programs,” Mr Dillon said.

“They are a great tool that identify how we can build an increasingly responsive grid for new energy services without high infrastructure spend being passed on to customers.

“This is part of a commitment by energy network businesses to further advance renewable energy’s integration into the grid and support value for money for energy customers across the country.”

First launched in 2017, the maps were the culmination of a three-year project by the Institute for Sustainable Futures at UTS and Energy Networks Australia. They were developed with support from ARENA, the NSW Government, CSIRO and industry partners including Ergon Energy, AusNet Services, Powerlink, ElectraNet and Transgrid.

Source: Energy Networks Australia

East Rockingham RRF: Suez joins consortium developing energy from waste facility

8 January

The consortium developing the East Rockingham Resource Recovery Facility has awarded SUEZ, global expert in the water and waste resource management sectors, the role of waste management partner for the project for a minimum term of 20 years. SUEZ’s entry into the project represents the single largest commitment by a waste management company to the development of the energy from waste sector in Australia.

The consortium of Hitachi Zosen INOVA (HZI), Tribe Infrastructure Group and New Energy Corporation was established in 2016 and has since won a series of competitive tenders for long-term contracts with local and regional government authorities in the Perth metropolitan area.

The project encompasses the design, construction, financing and operation of a greenfield Energy-from-Waste (EfW) facility in the Rockingham Industry Zone 40km south of the Perth Central Business District. The new facility will treat approximately 300,000 tonnes per year of residual waste from municipal, commercial and industrial sources and up to 30,000 tonnes per year of biosolids. The EfW facility will generate 29MW of reliable renewable energy, enough to power over 40,000 homes.

The start of construction activities is planned to take place in 2019.

SUEZ’s role in the consortium touches every aspect of the project, combining SUEZ’s international EfW experience with its market-leading network of assets and infrastructure in Western Australia:

• Waste Supply – SUEZ will supply at least 65,000 tonnes per year of Commercial & Industrial waste from its existing operations for a 10-year period.

• Operations & Maintenance – SUEZ will lead the delivery of a 20-year operations & maintenance service to the project in partnership with HZI and New Energy.

• Disposal Services – SUEZ will provide best-practice collection & disposal services for fly ash residue and non-processible waste at its resource recovery facilities in Bibra Lake and North Bannister.

• Power Offtake – SUEZ will purchase reliable renewable electricity generated by the project for its operational requirements across its business in the Perth area.

SUEZ and HZI have an extensive track record of joint developments in Energy-from-Waste projects worldwide, including the Severnside Energy Recovery Centre in South Gloucestershire, STV 3, 4 and 5 near Billingham in Stockton-on-Tees, England, and in Poznan, Poland, altogether processing approximately 950,000 tonnes of waste every year.

Mark Venhoek, SUEZ Australia & New Zealand CEO said, “The project is SUEZ’s first energy-from-waste development in Australia and we are very pleased to become a partner in this landmark transaction. This will significantly accelerate the improvement of waste treatment practices in the Perth region as well as reduce the city’s environmental footprint. We are also delighted to expand our partnership with HZI with this new project and to develop new relationships with Tribe Infrastructure and New Energy.”

Source: Suez

PROJECT NEWS

Kondinin Wind and Solar Farm

Public comment has been invited for Lacour Energy’s proposed Kondinin Wind and Solar Farm project in south-east Western Australia under the federal government’s EPBC Act. The project proposes to install up to 46 wind turbines, an accompanying 125 hectares of solar farm, energy storage and all associated infrastructure at a site 5km north east of Kondinin. The construction footprint is anticipated to cover approximately 288 ha.

Vestas becomes the first company to install 100 GW of wind turbines

9 January

Vestas has been a pioneer in wind energy solutions and a cornerstone in making the world’s energy mix sustainable. In late 2018, a new milestone was reached in that 40-year journey, as Vestas achieved 100 GW of installed wind turbines with the installation of a V110-2.0 MW turbine at MidAmerican Energy’s Wind XI project in Iowa, U.S.

Since the inaugural installation of a V10-30 kW turbine in Denmark in 1979, Vestas has installed over 67,000 turbines in around 80 countries across six continents and been a key part of taking wind energy from niche to mainstream. Today, Vestas’ largest onshore wind turbine is the V150-4.2 MW turbine, and the 100 GW milestone has thus been made possible by the continuous evolution of our wind energy technology and solutions, which have seen output and efficiency increase to a level that has made wind energy the cheapest form of electricity in many markets.

“We have pioneered wind energy across the globe for 40 years, and to install 100 GW together with our customers and partners is something we are extremely proud of as it underlines how far Vestas and wind energy have come. It’s also a pleasure to celebrate this milestone with a key customer like MidAmerican Energy”, says Anders Runevad, Vestas President and CEO. “Reaching this milestone has required continuous innovation, strong commitment and great execution from all Vestas’ employees, and the 100 GW therefore represents a key part of the foundation that enables us to develop the sustainable energy solutions of the future”.

During the journey to 100 GW, Vestas has helped remove over a hundred million tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere by providing sustainable and cost-effective solutions to meet the world’s energy demand. By crossing this 100 GW threshold, Vestas has installed approximately 10 percent of the world’s total 1 TW of installed wind and solar energy capacity1.

The capacity of the Wind XI project will grow to up to 2,000 MW and consist of multiple sites in Iowa placed into service between 2017 and 2019. Powered by V110-2.0 MW turbines built at Vestas’ factories in Colorado, Wind XI will deliver clean, low-cost wind energy to MidAmerican Energy’s customers and communities. Vestas will provide operations and maintenance for Wind XI project sites via long-term AOM 5000 service agreements.

Based on global average electricity, 100 GW of wind energy saves around 129 million tonnes of CO2 annually2, equalling CO2 emissions from3:

• 141 billion pounds of burned coal

• 298 million barrels of oil

• 22.54 million U.S. homes yearly electricity use

• 33 coal-fired power plants

• Carbon sequestered from 152 million acres of forest

1 Source: Bloomberg New Energy Finance: https://about.bnef.com/blog/world-reaches-1000gw-wind-solar-keeps-going/

2 Source: International Energy Agency:

https://webstore.iea.org/download/direct/2373?fileName=CO2_Emissions_from_Fuel_Combustion_2018_Highlights.pdf (assumes 0.30 capacity factor and avoided CO2 of 490 grams per kWh).

3 Source: Environmental Protection Agency Green House Gas equivalencies calculator: https://www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator

Source: Vestas

PROJECT NEWS

Berrybank Wind Farm

GPG’s referral for the proposed 302 MW Berrybank Wind Farm in western Victoria has been submitted to the Department of the Environment & Energy for assessment under the EPBC Act. The project was previously deemed to be “not a controlled action” and was approved on 24 August 2010 before an amended layout and increased turbine heights were approved by the Victorian Minister for Planning in 2017, in addition to a 220kV power line and off-site substation (utility installation) to connect the wind farm to the national grid. The amended layout and utility installation did not incur impacts on species of national environmental significance. However, the amended wind farm and utility installation have been submitted for referral in accordance with the EPBC Act for legal confirmation that the project is not a controlled action.

PROJECT NEWS

NSW solar farm approvals

In December the NSW Department of Planning and Environment approved three new solar farm developments:

- Esco Pacific’s 140 MW, $119mil Mulwala Solar Farm near Albury

- Reach Solar’s massive 900 MW, $1 billion Yarrabee Solar Project, 23km from Narrandera in the Riverina

- Canadian Solar’s 60 MW, $100mil Narrabri South Solar Farm in northern NSW

PROJECT NEWS

Cannington Mine Solar Farm

South 32’s 3 MW, 7200-panel solar farm at the Cannington minesite is now up and running. The 6-hectare project is South 32’s first solar installation and will help to deliver reduced greenhouse gas emissions by offsetting gas consumption with solar. Electricity generated from the farm will be used to supply the operation’s accommodation village and airport with surplus power used to support mining and processing operations.

The project is the second largest solar installation in a remote, off-grid mining operation in Australia and the first to be integrated into a gas-fired power station.

NEW PROJECT

Nana Glen Solar Farm

Location: Coffs Harbour, NSW

Capacity: 17 MW

Developer: Rio Indygen

LGA: Coffs Harbour City Council

Expected cost: $16mil

Description: The project will be located approximately 2.5km south west of Nana Glen, adjacent to an Essential Energy substation and occupy approximately 34 Hectares. Its operational lifetime is 30 years, after which the land will be restored to its current state. Construction is expected to start in May 2019 and last for approximately 6 months. The proposed development will consist of:

• Solar panels (approximately 50,000 to be mounted across the site);

• Inverters and transformers (12 are proposed to be installed across the site);

• Site compound (to house the control facilities and be used for admin);

• Perimeter fencing and CCTV (fencing is proposed to be 1.94m high, with a gap at bottom to allow wildlife through);

• Transmission line connection and cabling (underground to existing substations at Ferretts Road);

• Site access and internal tracks; and

• Rehabilitation of site after 25 years to former condition.

Contact: David Ashton

General Manager

Rio Indygen

Contact form available here: https://www.nanaglensolarfarm.com.au/contact.html

PROJECT NEWS

Katherine Solar Farm

​The NT Utilities Commission has received an application from Katherine Solar Pty Ltd to transfer its generation licence to Eni Australia Limited in accordance with section 33 of the Electricity Reform Act.

​In accordance with good regulatory practice, the Commission sought comments on the licence application from market participants and stakeholders. Submissions were due Friday 4 January 2019. No submissions were received.

Eni Australia Limited is in the process of acquiring all Katherine Solar Pty Ltd assets to generate electricity for sale to NT electricity retailers or generators.

The Katherine Solar Power Station will be a 25MW AC solar photovoltaic (PV) facility consisting of ground-mounted, solar PV modules and associated electrical and civil infrastructure.

The project site is located approximately 5km from the town of Katherine near the Stuart Highway on cleared rural living/agricultural land.

All generation output will be exported via a direct connection to Power & Water Corporation’s 132/22kV Katherine Zone Substation. A new 22kV overhead/underground power line will be constructed alongside the Stuart Highway and Zimin Drive to access this substation.

Eni Australia Limited operates exclusively in Australia as a subsidiary of Italy-headquartered oil & gas company Eni S.p.A., and has been present in Australia since 2001.

Eni’s group is the major gas supplier in the Northern Territory gas production from Blacktip gas field is sold through Gas Supply Agreement with Power and Water Corporation (PWC).

Source: NT Utilities Commission

New energy programs for the Latrobe Valley

9 January

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing to invest in new energy technology and skills in the Latrobe Valley, with four more businesses receiving funding to undertake new energy projects.

Minister for Energy Lily D’Ambrosio visited Morwell today to announce the local organisations that will share in more than $160,000 in grants through the Latrobe Valley New Energy Jobs Fund.

The latest businesses to receive funding are:

- $52,300 to Alternate Energy Innovations to develop equipment for wind turbine tower manufacturing and installation of a training and demonstration turbine

- $12,000 to Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation to conduct a solar farm financial feasibility study

- $52,300 to Earthworker Energy Manufacturing Cooperative to manufacture in-house energy efficiency products

- $50,000 to Edge Energy Solutions for a behind-the-meter energy generation and storage trial to develop an energy storage service.

More than $270,000 has now been awarded under the fund, following grant announcements in October last year for Federation Training, EnviroMicroBio Pty Ltd, Latrobe Valley Engineering Services and Sundermann Water Power.

The Latrobe Valley New Energy Jobs Fund is helping local organisations deliver new energy skills and technology – helping to generate investment and create jobs in the region.

Source: Victoria Government

TENDERS

Clarke Creek Wind Farm

Clarke Creek Wind Farm is located within the locality of Clarke Creek, approximately 150 kilometres north west of Rockhampton in Central Queensland. The wind farm extends approximately 55km north to south along the Broadsound Range.

The Queensland Government has recently approved the construction and operation of up to 195 wind turbines and ancillary civil and electrical infrastructure.

The Project is currently in the final phases of feasibility and will inform the final investment decision in mid 2019. Construction is planned to start in Mid-2019 and be completed by mid 2021.

Lacour Energy has partnered with Goldwind Australia to deliver the Project. Goldwind will supply wind turbines to the project and manage construction works.

Major subcontractors will be appointed for the following work packages:

- Design and construction of the civil and electrical balance of plant (onsite roads, foundations, buildings and electrical reticulation);

- Logistics; and

- Wind turbine installation.

Smaller work packages are available to assist with the above mentioned work packages.

More details are available here.

Berrybank Wind Farm

Vestas Wind Systems, in conjunction with its civil and electrical BOP partners, will construct the Berrybank Wind Farm on behalf of the project owner, Global Power Generation. The project is located approximately 80km West of Geelong in Victoria and will consist of 43 Vestas V136-4.2MW wind turbines plus associated civil and electrical infrastructure.

Current Opportunities

Vestas and its BOP partners are seeking to engage with capable, local suppliers and subcontractors. The project scope includes, the transportation of components to the site from Geelong, construction of internal roads and wind turbine foundations, installation of electrical infrastructure, erection and assembly of wind turbines, commissioning and handover of facility.

This is a general request for Expressions of Interest to support the construction phase of this wind farm and some of the current opportunities include:

- Onsite Facilities

- Equipment and Plant hire

- Fuel supply

- FRP works

- Site testing / Lab works

- Water Supply

- Waste removals

- Accommodation

- Toilet waste removal

- Non-destructive digging

- Fencing

- Local plumber

- Local electrician

More information is available here.

Dundonnell Wind Farm

Vestas Wind Systems, in conjunction with its civil and electrical BOP partners, will construct the Dundonnell Wind Farm on behalf of the project owner, Tilt Renewables. The project is located 23 km north-east of Mortlake in the Western District of Victoria and will consist of 80 Vestas V150-4.2MW wind turbines plus associated civil and electrical infrastructure.

Current Opportunities

Vestas and its BOP partners are seeking to engage with capable, local suppliers and subcontractors. The project scope includes, the transportation of components to the site from Geelong, construction of internal roads and wind turbine foundations, installation of electrical infrastructure, erection and assembly of wind turbines, commissioning and handover of facility.

This is a general request for Expressions of Interest to support the construction phase of this wind farm and some of the current opportunities include:

- Suppy of HV Cable

- Supply of Optical Fibre Cable

- Supply of Earthing Conductor

- Supply of LV UPS

- Supply and Test Standby Generator

- Supply of Substation Structures

- Supply of Busbar and Substation Line Hardware

- Supply of Lightning Masts

- Supply of Substation Buildings

- Supply of Operations and Maintenance Buildings

- Supply of Substation HD bolts

- Supply of Electrical Services (HV + Cable installation)

- Supply of Earthworks Services

- Supply of Concrete

- Supply of WTG Foundation Installation Services

- Reinforcement Supplier

- Supply of Substation Foundation Installation Services

- Surveying

- Geotesting

More information is available here.

Wodonga Solar Farm

Wodonga SOL1 is a 54MW(AC) solar farm project that will be constructed approximately 20km from Wodonga in Victoria’s north-east. The AUD$80M project is proposed by Wodonga Solar Power Pty Ltd (WSP), an Australian renewable energy company with strong global skillsets in the design, development, construction and delivery of large scale photovoltaic (PV) solar farm projects and experience in project delivery in Australia.

Supported by global engineering firm SNC Lavalin (Power) as EPC and O&M partner, and Deloitte as financial adviser, WSP will construct and connect its solar farm to an AusNet 66Kv substation located south-west of the regional city of Wodonga.

Requiring approximately 14 months to construct, the Wodonga SOL1 project expects to create more than 80 jobs in the Wodonga region, including apprenticeship and training opportunities for young people. Local industry will also benefit from the project with construction and maintenance packages providing contract opportunity for several local companies.

Specific EOI work packages are expected to be listed on this webpage later this year when the EPC contractor, SNC Lavalin (Power), is ready to commence works.  As some examples, work required for this project will include:

- Surveying & Geotech

- Earth works and site clearing

- Piling

- Transport companies (moving containers from Melbourne to site)

- Perimeter Fencing

- CCTV Security system and local onsite security during construction

- Unskilled labourers

- Skilled Labour (Electricians)

More information is available here.

BayWa r.e. completes first wind projects in Australia

10 January

Two new wind farms in the state of Victoria are now up and running, less than a year after construction began in March 2018. The two farms, delivered by global renewable energy developer, service provider and wholesaler, BayWa r.e. are located at Timboon West and Yawong.

The project sites are amongst the windiest in the state of Victoria and each consist of two Vestas V126 3.6 MW turbines, stretching up to 150m tall at the tip of the blade.

Together, the wind farms represent the next stage of BayWa r.e.’s wind energy plans in Australia, and with a capacity of 14.4MW will produce enough clean energy to power 9,000 Australian homes.

David Shapero, Managing Director of BayWa r.e. Wind Pty Ltd, said “We’re thrilled to have the first wind farms in our project pipeline for Australia fully operational and generating renewable energy in such a short space of time."

“Honouring our commitment to work with local communities wherever we operate, the projects will help to support an agricultural education programme at the Timboon P - 12 School and will help provide the local Charlton Lions Club with a community car for transporting people in need to medical appointments.”

The wind farms will be sold together with 15-year O&M contracts with Vestas in place, and PPAs secured to sell 100% of the power to Alinta Energy.

BayWa r.e. will continue to be part of the projects as it provides ongoing commercial and technical management of the wind farms through its team in Melbourne.

With three further wind farms expected to be fully operational by Summer 2020, this is just the start of BayWa r.e’s future plans for wind energy in Australia. Ferguson and Diapur Wind Farms and the Jung Wind and Solar Hybrid project are all on track for construction to commence this year.

Source: BayWa r.e.

Golden Plains Wind Farm granted planning permit

12 January

One of Australia’s largest wind farms is a step closer to construction, with Acting Minister for Planning Lily D’Ambrosio today announcing planning permit approval for the Golden Plains Wind Farm.

The Golden Plains Wind Farm, about 60 kilometres north-west of Geelong, would create hundreds of jobs and generate nearly 3,000 gigawatt hours of electricity per year – enough to power more than 400,000 homes.

Once complete the $1.5 billion project would span up to 17,000 hectares and stop more than 3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from being emitted to the atmosphere each year.

The planning permit approval follows the conclusion of the Environment Effects Statement (EES) by the minister at the end of 2018. The Minister’s assessment of the EES supported the project, subject to increasing the turbine-free buffer area to ensure breeding wetlands used by native birdlife are adequately protected.

The decision reflects advice from an independent expert planning panel and may result in a reduction of up to 47 turbines, from 228 to 181, with the number depending on how the proponent chooses to meet environmental restrictions.

The project must now be considered by the federal government for approval.

Proponent WestWind Energy will take around four years to build the project if approved.

The wind farm industry is powering ahead in Victoria with projects under construction at Lal Lal, Moorabool, Murra Warra, Bulgana and Stockyard Hill, delivering thousands of jobs to regional Victoria.

The Andrews Labor Government has increased Victoria’s Renewable Energy Target to 50 per cent by 2030, putting more clean energy into the grid, increasing investment and driving down energy prices.

Source: Victoria Government

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