Mt Gellibrand wind farm receives final approval

Mt Gellibrand wind farm in south-west Victoria has received final approval from the Victorian Government.

The Acciona-owned wind farm will have the capacity to produce 189MW of clean, renewable energy each year and is expected to meet the energy needs of approximately 88,000 Victorian households annually.

Construction of the project commenced on March 15, 2012, but the full construction timeline for completion has not yet been determined.

“We are very pleased to announce that Acciona’s development plan for the Mt Gellibrand wind farm has been endorsed by the Department of Planning and Community Development, enabling the project to now proceed to construction,” Acciona generation director Brett Wickham said.

A planning permit was granted by the Minister for Planning in 2006 following assessment by an independent panel for the wind farm at a site 25km east of Colac.

“This final approval enables Acciona to proceed to construction of the Mt Gellibrand wind farm,” Mr Wickham said.

“The Mt Gellibrand wind farm will bring significant economic activity and benefits to the Colac region as well as providing a new source of clean, renewable energy.”

Acciona Energy said it is committed to engaging with the landowners, neighbours and the broader community to build effective relationships and ensure the success of the project.

The company operates the Waubra wind farm in Victoria and the Gunning wind farm in New South Wales, and is a joint venture partner for the Cathedral Rocks wind farm in South Australia.