Works have begun on Victoria’s $560 million Dundonnell Wind Farm, which will create around 200 construction jobs and generate enough clean energy to power 245,000 homes.
The 90-turbine windfarm is being built neat Mortlake and is set to provide a major boost for the local economy, delivering around 1500 indirect jobs as local wind turbine assembly begins in Australia for the first time in more than 10 years.
Geelong’s new Vestas Renewable Energy Hub (VREH) on the former Ford site will build the turbines for the project, using 64 per cent local content.
Once operational, the Dundonnell Wind Farm will reduce emissions by around 1.3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.
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The Victorian Government’s Renewable Energy Target reverse auction aims to see more than 900 megawatts of new clean energy developed to reach its target of 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030.
It also aims to generate $1.1 billion of economic investment into regional Victoria and create more than 900 jobs, including 270 apprenticeships and traineeships.
Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said the wind farm will not only reduce energy prices but will also create jobs across south-west Victoria.
“We’re proud to make Victoria the leader in renewable energy – this is great for jobs, reducing emissions and driving down energy prices – with our position only growing stronger as more wind farms get underway,” she said.
Construction is expected to take two years and be fully completed in late 2020.