Ratch’s Collector Wind Farm celebrates official opening

Man in hard hat leans against massive wind turbine at Collector Wind Farm
Collector Wind Farm (Image: Ratch-Australia)

Ratch-Australia has celebrated the official opening of its new $356 million Collector Wind Farm in New South Wales.

Collector Wind Farm comprises 54 turbines producing a total of 528GWh of energy a year—enough to power 80,000 homes.

The wind farm was officially opened by RATCH-Australia CEO Polagorn Kheosiplard, Clean Energy Finance Corporation CEO Ian Learmonth and Thai Deputy Ambassador Sira Swangsilpa. Indigenous elder Aunty Chelsea gave a Welcome to Country at the official opening.

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Mr Kheosiplard said the project had been made possible with the support of the project’s first financier, the CEFC, Lumea, Vestas, the project offtaker Iberdrola, and the project’s hosting landowners.

“This new wind farm is an important step in Australia’s journey to decarbonisation and we are very proud to be able to produce clean, cheap energy for the market,” Kheosiplard said.

“We are very pleased to have supported the local region with contracts and jobs, employing more than 150 people throughout construction.

“It is now managed by up to 10 full-time staff, providing clean-energy jobs in the region.

“We are happy that we have been able to share benefits with the Collector community since we started operating as well.

 “In the past two years, we have distributed almost half a million dollars to community organisations in Collector and surrounds. It’s nice to see these grants being put to good use as we can see the Collector Memorial Hall, Uniting Church and oval making improvements to their facilities, for example.”

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Iberdrola Australia executive chairman Ross Rolfe AO said, “Collector represents another case of project developers working closely with Iberdrola to provide Australian customers with competitively priced green electricity.

“This collaborative approach helps accelerate the renewable transition while providing customers with firm product offerings for 100% green energy.”

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