Both the Ararat Terminal Station and the 132kV powerlines are now energised and ready to connect the Ararat Wind Farm, which is earmarked for completion this September.
The terminal station, which houses Powercor’s largest (220 tonne) transformer, is set to connect Ararat Wind Farm’s 75 turbines to the national electricity grid, delivering an additional 242MW of renewable energy capacity.
The project’s completion marks a significant milestone for the realisation of Australia’s third largest wind farm.
Powercor Energy Solutions general manager Glen Thomson said the Ararat Terminal Station, and the associated wind farm project, showcases how renewables-focused businesses are taking advantage of a more favourable investment environment.
“Renewable generation is now a reality of our energy mix, with solar, wind power and energy storage increasingly being integrated into electricity networks,” he said.
“It’s certainly an exciting time to be part of the energy sector and part of Powercor’s Energy Solutions team.”