Golden Plains Wind Farm, Victoria, Australia - Project details and construction updates

Last Modified: Sat Jun 27 2020 07:33:47 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 1,000 MW
    planned installed capacity of the Golden Plains wind farm located near the small town of Rokewood in south-west Victoria, about 40 kilometres south of Ballarat.
  • 3,500 GWh
    of electricity will be generated each year.
  • 500,000
    approximate number of households that can be powered by the farm each year.
  • 3 million tonnes
    estimated annual reduction in GHG emissions once the farm is operational.
  • 167
    sq kms of farm land will be used for the wind farm. The 39 landowners on whose properties the turbines will be built will be given lease payments,
  • 200
    GE Cypress turbines will be erected. This is down from the originally planned 228. The planning permit approval and reduction of turbines reflects advice from an independent expert planning panel. The two-piece blade design for the Cypress platform enables blades to be manufactured at even longer lengths and improving logistics to drive costs down and offer more siting options, in locations that were previously inaccessible.
  • 3
    major organisations involved: Project Developer: West Wind Energy, EPC and O&M: TBD, Distributor: TBD
  • $1.7 billion
    estimated project cost.
  • 700
    peak jobs during construction phase.
  • 70
    permanent jobs during operational phase.
  • $3.5 million
    Amount each landowner will be paid annually per turbine (about $15,000 per turbine) and a further $1000 a year will be paid to anyone living within two kilometres of one of the towers.
  • $228,000
    West Wind proposes to put into a community fund, annually, until the decommissioning of the turbines, possibly in 2050.
  • 12 Jan 2019
    The planning permit was approved by the Victorian government.
  • Jul 2019
    Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley signs off on the environment protection and biodiversity conservation act approval.
  • 23 Aug 2019
    WestWind Energy Australia announces it will partner with GE Renewable Energy to co-develop the project. The project will use more than 200 of GE’s Cypress onshore wind turbines.
  • 01 Sep 2019
    Leading global engineering and consulting firm Golder is appointed by WestWind Energy to deliver geotechnical and environmental engineering and consulting services.