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    Mt Gellibrand Wind Farm

    Mt Gellibrand Wind Farm is located 25 kilometres east of Colac and 17km west of Winchelsea in the Colac Otway Shire on Victoria’s Western Plains. The wind farm has been 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.

    Mt Gellibrand Wind Farm is located 25 kilometres east of Colac and 17km west of Winchelsea in the Colac Otway Shire on Victoria’s Western Plains. The wind farm has been 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.

    ACCIONA Energy is committed to engaging with the local community surrounding the Mt Gellibrand Wind Farm project. We also acknowledge the importance and value of feedback (including both enquiries and complaints). We can be contacted via our free call community information hotline 1800 283 550, by email at mtgellibrand@acciona.com, or by post PO Box 252, South Melbourne, VIC 3205. A copy of the Mt Gellibrand Wind Farm Complaint and Evaluation Process can be found here.

     

    For copies of the latest Mt Gellibrand Wind Farm newsletter please click here.

    General information

    Project Configuration: 44 x AW3,000 3MW turbines

    Start of Active Construction: Early 2017

    Completion Date: Late 2018

    Capacity: Up to 132 MW

    Energy Production: Equivalent up to 60,000 households

    Project Value: Approximately $258 million

    Tip Height: 150 metres

    The $258m project generates significant economic activity in the region. It provides over 100 construction jobs and approximately 10 full time operational positions.

    Key Features

    ACCIONA obtained final Development Plan approval from the State Government in 2012, allowing construction to commence. In July 2016, ACCIONA successfully won the tender held by the Victorian State Government for the purchase of green energy certificates linked to renewable energy generated in Victoria.

    Following on from this, construction commenced in April 2017. Civil, substation and electrical works are now all complete, laying the groundwork for commissioning and operations. The first electricity generation was achieved in June 2018, producing green energy for Victorian households. The commissioning and testing process is continuing in order to bring the remaining turbines online. 

     

    Benefits

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

    • The project provides 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.
    • Generated a construction peak workforce of 100-150 jobs.
    • Provides approximately 10 ongoing full time equivalent positions on site.
    • Delivers a diversified income for host landowners.
    • Provides a substantial increase in Colac Otway shire’s rates base.
    • Clean energy equivalent to the consumption of around 60,000 homes annually.
    • 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.

    If you would like to see the construction of Mt Gellibrand Wind farm click here.

     

    Education Scholarship

    Are you planning to commence tertiary studies in 2019? ACCIONA is now taking scholarship applications.
    ACCIONA through its Mt Gellibrand Wind Farm shared benefits program is providing a scholarship of up to $5000 for a local student commencing tertiary studies in 2019.
    Scholarship application forms can be accessed here.
    Applications close on Friday 4th January 2019. For more information, please call our toll free community hotline number on 1800 283 550.

     

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