Victoria to back new wind farms

Wind energy
Wind energy

Victoria continues to attract new wind farms, with plans for two projects announced this week.

Australian developer Windlab has proposed a 13 turbine project about 5km from Kiata, in Hindmarsh shire, which it says could bring in $12 million to the local economy and more than 25 jobs.

The company submitted an application for a planning permit to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning late last year asking to use and develop land for a wind energy project, internal access tracks, an on-site substation, underground electrical reticulation, and a permanent anemometer.

 

Windlab project manager Matthew Parton said Kiata ticked all the boxes for an ideal wind energy site, and the wind farm would provide enough clean energy to power more than 23,000 households.

If approved, construction at Kiata could begin this year. It would be the third significant wind farm project in the region, joining the Ararat wind farm – one of the winners in the ACT wind auction – and another proposed 110 turbine project set for Murra Murra.

Ararat Mayor Paul Hooper also welcomed the announcement of a small wind farm at Maroona this week. Future Energy lodged a proposal with the state government to build a small three turbine farm about 2km south of Andrews Lane.

“It’s a small, diversified farm enterprise proposed by the Tucker family, who is very well known in the Maroona area,” he said.