Ararat Wind Farm: The Making Of

Last Modified: Thu Jun 29 2017 06:10:56 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • Jan 2010
    Project submitted to the Minister for Planning and was eventually approved in Oct 2010.
  • Aug 2015
    Commencement of construction.
  • 27 Nov 2015
    Groundbreaking ceremony attended by Lily D’Ambrosio MP, Minister for Industry, Energy and Resources, Dan Tehan MP, Member for Wannon, Victoria, Paul Hooper, Mayor of Ararat and Stuart Liddell, General Manager of AWF as they each broke the first ground at the site of Turbine No. 1.
  • Mar 2016
    Arrival of the 2 purpose built transformers on site.
  • 27 Apr 2017
    First foundation for turbine completed.
  • May 2016
    The GE blades, manufactured in and shipped from Brazil arrive in Portland, Victoria.
  • May 2016 - Jun 2016
    Turbines trucked up the Pyrenees Highway into Ararat. For each of the Wind Farm’s 75 turbines a prime mover carrying 3 blades was accompanied by 12 pilot vehicles.
  • 16 Jun 2016
    Premier Daniel Andrews welcomed the first blade at site. The blade shipment weighed-in at over 2,000 tonnes and consisted of 225, 50-metre long turbine blades.
  • Aug 2016
    11 of 75 turbines erected.
  • Aug 2016
    Ararat begins to generate electricity! 25 of the wind farm’s 75 turbines are now fully commissioned and generating an average of 23 MWh of electricity daily. 25 of 75 turbines erected.
  • Oct 2016
    100% of Transmission lines completed and permanently energised .Final shipment of blades arrive in Portland. 49 of 75 turbines erected.
  • 17 Feb 2017
    Completion of erection of all 75 turbines.
  • 19 Apr 2017
    Ararat Wind Farm fully commissioned!
  • 27 Jun 2017
    Official opening of the farm.