Construction has commenced on a massive wind farm project near Beaufort that will generate 530 MW of clean energy each year.
Once constructed, the149-turbine Stockyard Hill Wind Farm will be the largest in Australia, providing enough electricity to power more than 340,000 households across Victoria and beyond.
Premier Daniel Andrews, who joined Minister for Energy Lily D’Ambrosio in Beaufort to mark the start of construction, said the project will deliver 300 jobs during construction and inject more than $5 million into the local economy each year.
“We’re backing Victoria’s booming renewables industry every step of the way. The Stockyard Hill project will not only deliver the clean energy we need but will help power new jobs in Western Victoria;” the Premier said.
“We’re putting Victoria at the forefront of renewable energy and supporting the thousands of jobs it’s creating.”
Ms D’Ambrosio congratulated project developer Goldwind, saying the wind farm will help reach the State’s Renewable Energy Target of 25% by 2020 and 40% by 2025.
“The Stockyard Hill Wind Farm is another fantastic project that will boost supply and support even more jobs in the booming clean energy sector,” she concluded.