Work is now underway on the 180-megawatt Berrybank Wind Farm, which will generate enough energy to power around 138,000 homes.
Located along the Hamilton Highway about 100km west of Geelong in Victoria, the 43-turbine project is another step towards Victoria’s renewable energy target of 50 per cent by 2030.
The $276 million project to be built by Global Power Generation (Naturgy Energy Group) will provide 213 construction jobs and 24 apprenticeships, with wind turbine assembly set to recommence in Australia for the first time in 10 years.
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The brand-new Vestas Renewable Energy Hub on the former Ford site in Geelong will build the turbines for this project, which will be underpinned by 64 per cent local content under the Labor Government’s Victorian Industry Participation Policy.
To support ongoing turbine maintenance, wind turbine technician training will also be delivered in Ballarat by Federation University as part of the Ballarat Renewable Training Centre.
Berrybank Wind Farm was made possible thanks to the Labor Government’s VRET reverse auction, which will see more than 900 MW of new clean energy developed – almost 45 per cent more generation capacity than anticipated – helping to drive down energy prices for Victorian families.
The Berrybank Wind Farm is expected to commence operations in late 2020.
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