Work starts on Stage 2 of Golden Plains Wind Farm

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Work has commenced on Stage 2 of what is now the Southern Hemisphere’s largest wind farm—Golden Plains Wind Farm in Victoria—with TagEnergy reaching financial close on the second stage of its $4 billion mega-project.

The 1,333MW Golden Plains Wind Farm, comprising the 756MW Stage 1 and 577MW Stage 2, will deliver 9% of Victoria’s energy when completed in mid-2027.

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With finance and all agreements now in place, construction of Stage 2’s 93 wind turbine generators will begin. Commencement of work on Stage 2 occurs as the civil balance of plant works on Stage 1 nears completion and 25% of Stage 1’s turbines have been erected.

“We couldn’t be prouder to be delivering the largest wind farm in the Southern Hemisphere,” TagEnergy managing partner Australia Andrew Riggs said.

“This mega-project materially improves Victoria’s energy security, puts downward pressure on electricity costs and dramatically reduces carbon pollution. Together with our partners, we are accelerating the energy transition.”

TagEnergy’s decision to commence construction of Stage 2 reflects the new supportive policy landscape enabled by the government’s CIS scheme encouraging investment in renewable energy generation.

“The supportive policy landscape created by the CIS has given us confidence to start construction of Golden Plains Stage 2 now,” Riggs said.

“Commencing construction will maximise project delivery certainty and strengthen the competitiveness of our bid in the upcoming CIS auction. Our Stage 1 construction progress has been excellent and demonstrates our ability to deliver. These site teams, who will also construct Stage 2, really share our vision for a clean energy future.”

TagEnergy praised the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) for the pace of the assessment and approval process for grid connection.

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“The diligence and expertise of the grid connection teams at Vestas and AEMO Victoria who leveraged best practices developed during the adjacent 756MW Golden Plains Wind Farm Stage 1 connection process reduced the assessment period from nine months to five months,” Riggs said.

“This significant achievement is a great contribution to the speed and economics of Australia’s energy transition,” he said.

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