Ararat Wind Farm, Victoria, Australia

Last Modified: Thu Jul 22 2021 07:51:15 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 240 MW
    generation capacity of the Ararat Wind Farm located approximately 180 km northwest of Melbourne and between 9 km and 17 km northeast of Ararat in Victoria, Australia.
  • 272 GWh
    of electricity will be generated each year.
  • 123,000
    approximate number of households that can be powered by the farm each year. 37,000 of these would be in Canberra.
  • ? tonnes
    estimated reduction in GHG emissions once the farm is operational.
  • ?
    hectares of land will be used for the wind farm. Renewable Energy Systems (RES) - developer of the farm - selected Ararat as a suitable location for a wind farm in 2007, as the location lies on high ground and offers good wind resources.
  • 75
    GE 3.2-103 wind turbines will be installed by contractor Mammoet. Of the 75 turbines, 70 will be erected within the Ararat Rural City, while the rest will be installed within the Northern Grampians Shire.
  • 4
    major organisations involved: Project Developer: Renewable Energy Systems (RES), Construction: RES/Downer EDI, Turbines: GE, O&M: GE, Distributor: Transmission General Holdings Australia
  • $450 million
    estimated project cost, financed by Partners Group, RES, OPTrust and General Electric (GE).
  • 350
    peak jobs during construction phase. Tap/Click here to see how the farm has benefited local economy.
  • 13
    permanent jobs during operational phase.
  • $75,000
    Annual payments to be paid into a community fund when the wind farm begins generating energy. Ararat Rural City Mayor Paul Hooper told the Ararat Advertiser the Victorian town had seen a $40 million boost to its economy since work began on the wind farm in June 2015.
  • 17 Feb 2017
    Completion of erection of all 75 turbines.
  • Apr 2017
    Seventy-five turbines at Ararat wind farm are now feeding renewable electricity into national grid as part of ACT's 100% target. Tap/Click to view 'Making of Ararat Wind Farm'.
  • 27 Jun 2017
    Official opening of the farm.
  • 07 Sep 2017
    Electricity retailer Flow Power signs a power purchase agreement (PPA) for 50 MW of the farm's capacity. The company will in turn make chunks of the 50 MW available to customers who wish to source power directly, rather than from the energy market.
  • 03 Jan 2018
    Olam Orchards Australia signs up 10 year agreement with Flow Power to source some of its power needs. The deal will enable Olam to offset electricity consumed from the grid and reduce its energy bills by close to half.
  • 18 Jan 2018
    Victoria-based ANCA, which manufactures CNC tool and cutter grinders, signs up agreement with Flow Power to source some of its power needs.
  • 05 Jun 2018
    Gippsland dairy processor Burra Foods signs up 10 year agreement with Flow Power to source some of its power needs. The deal will enable Burra Foods to offset electricity consumed from the grid and reduce its energy bills by 20%. The dairy processor can receive up to 1.5 million litres of fresh farm milk for processing each day, which requires energy to process.