AusNet Services has announced its key role in connecting the 336 megawatt Dundonnell Wind Farm to the National Energy Market.
Appointed by Tilt Renewables, AusNet Services will build, own and operate approximately 38km of new transmission line and a new substation connecting the Dundonnell Wind Farm to the Mortlake Terminal Station.
The project will be integral to increasing Victoria’s local generation capacity and contribute to Victoria achieving its Renewable Energy Target. These assets will enable energy to enter the Victorian electricity network from the windfarm, which will comprise 80 wind turbines and produce enough clean energy to power approximately 245,000 homes and save emissions of roughly 1.3 million tonnes of carbon each year.
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AusNet Services’ managing director Nino Ficca said, “This project is another big step in helping create an integrated Australian energy market, with a focus on building energy infrastructure that enables a low cost, renewable future.”
Chief executive of Tilt Renewables Deion Campbell said the Dundonnell Wind Farm development has been driven by the local community but as the number of renewable energy projects increases, there was concern about the potential for duplication of high-voltage transmissions lines criss-crossing the country side.
“Tilt Renewables wants the Dundonnell Wind Farm to be a project that the Dundonnell community can be truly proud of and benefit from,” Mr Campbell said.
“We have worked closely with AusNet Services over a long period to create a network solution to reduce the amount of transmission line infrastructure.”
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Work on site will commence in January 2019 and is expected to be complete by the end of 2020. It is the seventh project of its kind over the last two years for AusNet Services.
This investment of approximately $80m will take AusNet Services’ Contracted Asset portfolio to $937m, well progressed towards its target of $1b.