Squadron proposes 420MW wind farm in Victoria

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Squadron Energy has announced its plans to develop a 420MW wind farm in Victoria, which will be its first concept-to-completion wind development in the state.

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Squadron Energy head of project development Alastair Smith said Moreton Hill Wind Farm was in the early phase of development and would be referred to the Victorian Minister for Planning later in the year to determine whether it required an Environment Effects Statement (EES) under the Environment Effects Act (1978).

“We are really excited to get the ball rolling on this major project that will bring benefits to the local community and will make a major contribution to our goals of a net-zero future in Australia,” Smith said.

“We’re committed to being a positive contributor to the communities where we work by sharing the benefits of our projects and supporting communities over the long term through a range of opportunities.

“Maximising investment in the regional economy is a priority, and we also actively encourage open and regular communication with all local stakeholders.”

The wind farm, which is still in development, will consist of up to 62 turbines that will produce enough electricity to power around 260,000 homes and prevent almost 350,000 tonnes of emissions each year.

Following several months of engagement with hosts, the Moreton Hill Wind Farm project team has commenced meeting with all landowners who own a dwelling within close proximity to the proposed site to discuss the project.

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The planning permit application will be assessed against the Policy and Planning Guidelines for the Development of Wind Energy Facilities in Victoria.

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