Mount Gellibrand Wind Farm will be located 25 kilometres east of Colac and 17km west of Winchelsea in the Colac Otway Shire on Victoria’s Western Plains.
The wind farm will be constructed around the southern and western sides of Mt Gellibrand itself. These open and partly elevated plains make the site an ideal location for a wind farm.
The Mt Gellibrand Wind Farm will bring significant economic activity and benefits to the Colac region. The $275m project will generate significant economic activity in the region, with over 100 construction jobs and approximately 10 ongoing full time equivalent positions on site.
Planning approval was granted by the State Government in 2006 for the development of up to 115 wind turbines. In 2008 ACCIONA Energy obtained the development rights to the Mt Gellibrand project.
ACCIONA Energy reduced the number of turbines on the project to 44, and has obtained final Development Plan approval from the State Government.
In July 2016 ACCIONA Energy successfully won the tender held by the Victorian State Government for the purchase of green energy certificates linked to renewable energy generated in Victoria.
Initial site establishment construction has commenced, with full construction to progress ahead of operation commencing in mid-2018.
The Mt Gellibrand Wind Farm will bring significant economic activity and benefits to the Colac region: