Kiata Wind Farm, Victoria, Australia - Project details and construction updates

Last Modified: Fri Apr 24 2020 05:37:15 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 30 MW
    installed capacity of the Kiata wind farm located 50 km north west of Horsham, Victoria, near the town of Nhill in the Hindmarsh Shire.
  • 134 GWh
    of electricity will be generated each year.
  • 20,000
    approximate number of households that can be powered by the farm each year.
  • 152,000 tonnes
    estimated reduction in GHG emissions once the farm is operational.
  • ?
    hectares of land will be used for the wind farm. The area is predominantly cleared agricultural land used for cropping and sheep grazing.
  • 9
    Vestas’ V126-3.45 MW turbines will be used.
  • 3
    major organisations involved: Project Developer: John Laing Group, Windlab, EPC and O&M: Vestas, Distributor: Infigen
  • $75 million
    estimated project cost. Windlab secured financing from John Laing Group and National Australia Bank. John Laing will own approximately 72% of the wind farm with the balance owned by Windlab and 24 of the project’s neighbours. National Australia Bank will lead debt financing for the project and will provide a facility of up to $50 million.
  • ?
    peak jobs during construction phase.
  • ?
    permanent jobs during operational phase.
  • 2017
    Expected start of construction in early part of the year with construction expected to last around 12 months.
  • Jun 2016
    Windlab signed contract with the Victorian government for the supply of large-scale generation certificates (LGCs), paving the way for financial close. The farm is thus one of few that will begin construction under Victoria government's Renewable Energy Target (VRET).
  • Jul 2016
    Planning permit was issued by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
  • Nov 2016
    Windlabs announced they had secured financing from John Laing Group and the National Australia Bank.
  • 15 Nov 2016
    Windlab appoints Vestas as EPC and places order for turbines as well.
  • 21 Mar 2017
    Start of construction.
  • Apr 2017
    Portland, Victoria firm Keppel Prince Engineering starts manufacturing turbine towers for Kiata’s wind farm project.
  • 23 Jul 2017
    First blades start to arrive at te farm.
  • 01 Aug 2017
    First tower section up at the farm!
  • 27 Aug 2018
    5 year PPA signed with Infigen, which will sell power from the project to the commercial and industrial sector.
  • 06 Nov 2017
    Construction of the farm completed, its connected to the grid and generating power.