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    Mt Gellibrand Wind Farm

    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.

    General information

    Location
    25 kilometres east of Colac and 17 kilometres west of Winchelsea in Victoria
    Project Configuration
    Up to 44 x AW3000 3MW turbines
    Start of construction
    Major civil construction works to commence early 2017
    Expected completion
    Mid-2018
    Expected capacity
    Up to 132 MW
    Energy production
    Equivalent to 100,000 households
    Project value
    Up to A$275M

    Key Features

    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. 

     

     

    Benefits

    The Mt Gellibrand Wind Farm will bring significant economic activity and benefits to the Colac region:

    • The project will provide a substantial additional economic focus in the Colac Otway Shire, independent of, but complementary to ongoing agricultural, forestry, light industry, tourism and service activities of the shire.
    • Generate a construction peak workforce of 100-150 manufacturing and installation jobs.
    • Provide approximately 10-12 ongoing full time equivalent positions on site.
    • Provide a diversified income for host landowners.
    • Provide a substantial increase in Colac Otway shire’s rates base.
    • Result in the establishment of a Community Benefit Fund to share the benefits of the project with the towns and community surrounding the development, for the operational life of the project.
    • Result in the establishment of a local sponsorship program for the life of the project.
    • Clean energy equivalent to the consumption of around 100,000 homes annually.
    • The wind farm supports local sporting and community events and has assisted community groups and schools.

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