New Wind Farm will be a Winner for the Wimmera
7th December 2016 - RES Australia has welcomed the decision by the Victorian Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne to grant planning approval for the Murra Warra Wind Farm in the Wimmera district.
The Murra Warra project will see up to 116 state-of-the-art wind turbines constructed on farmland north of Horsham. When fully constructed the wind farm will provide up to 420 megawatts (MW) of generation capacity into the Victorian network, and will produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of up to 250,000 Victorian households and save over 1.3 million tonnes of greenhouse gasses per year.
It is expected that construction of the $650m project will take approximately 2 years to complete and will create employment opportunities for up to 610 people (direct and indirect jobs) during construction and up to 15 people once the facility is operational.
The wind farm will also deliver a community fund, with $1000 per turbine provided to support community projects in the local area every year for the life of the project. This will amount to between $2.5 and $3 million.
RES Project Manager Kevin Garthwaite said “This permit is fantastic news, we are really grateful to the local councils, the Wimmera Development Association, local farmers and the community for the tremendous support they have given to the project over the past few years and we are really looking forward taking it forward to completion.”
RES Australia Chief Operating Officer Matt Rebbeck said “This is our second significant project in Victoria and when it is constructed RES will have brought over $1 billion in new renewable energy projects to the State. The Premier has made it clear that making Victoria a leader in renewable energy is a key priority and this will deliver new investment and jobs. The Government is making this a reality through a range of ambitious policy initiatives which includes the Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET). This makes Victoria an important place for companies like RES to do business and we look forward to developing even more projects in Victoria in the future”.
RES Australia is currently two thirds of the way through completion of the 75 turbine Ararat Wind Farm which has so far led to over $20m worth of contracts being let to local and regional suppliers with other major contracts being let to Victorian businesses such as the fabrication of turbine towers by Keppel Prince in Portland and the provision of wind farm transformers by Wilsons Transformers in Melbourne.
RES Australia will now focus on completing the post permitting design and contracting phases for the wind farm.
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