Wind farm project proposed for Victoria
By Scott Dywer on 01 June 2018
If the Andrews state government give the go signal to start the project, the biggest wind farm in the southern hemisphere with the capacity to power an estimated half a million homes a year by 2025 will be built about 130km west of Melbourne.
About 40km south of Ballarat, the proposed $1.7 billion Golden Plains Wind Farm is in development since 2006 and would stretch across 167 square kilometres of farmland near the small town of Rokewood in Southwest Victoria.
Consisting of 228 turbines, the wind farm will have an energy generation capacity of between 800MW and 1000MW and each standing 230m tall at their highest point.
Equal to the average annual energy consumption of at least 450,000 homes, the wind farm would produce up to 3500 gigawatt-hours of energy a year, according to planning documents.
As the project’s proponent, West Wind Energy, a German-backed Gisborne-based company expresses its high hopes to begin construction sometime next year, although the project still requires planning approval from the Andrews state government.
If the project gets the go signal, the wind farm would begin to partially operate by 2021 and be fully operational by 2025.