Acciona starts construction on Victorian wind farm

Acciona Energy has begun construction work on the 132MW Mount Gellibrand wind farm in Victoria.

The $258m project, located 65km west of Geelong, is Acciona’s fourth wind farm in Australia.

Mt Gellibrand will produce around 429GWh a year, equivalent to the electricity consumption of around 60,000 homes.

The electricity generated at the Mt. Gellibrand wind project will be sold in the wholesale electricity market.

The Victorian Government has made a 10-year commitment to purchase the renewable energy certificates generated from 66MW of Mt Gellibrand, following a public tender process.

“We are very pleased to have achieved viability for 132MW of wind power capacity in Victoria, which will mean higher investment, more jobs and a greater contribution of clean energy to the community, within our clear growth strategy in the country,” ACCIONA Energy Oceania managing director Andrew Thomson said at during the ceremony to turn the first sod for the wind farm.

The project will create more than 100 jobs during construction, and will be equipped with 44 Nordex AW125/3000 wind turbines.

It is expected to be fully operational by July 2018.

ACCIONA Energy now has 302.5MW of wind power capacity operational in Australia, in three wind farms – the 64MW Cathedral Rocks wind farm in South Australia, 192MW Waubra wind farm in Victoria, and the 46.5MW Gunning project in New South Wales.