September 11 (Renewables Now) - Acciona SA (BME:ANA) will invest USD 288 million (EUR 248m) to build the 157.5-MW Mortlake South wind farm in Australia after the project was successful in Victoria's renewable energy auction.
Construction on the wind farm, which will include a scalable battery energy storage system, is expected to begin in early 2019 and to be completed in mid-2020, the Spanish infrastructure and renewables company said today. Mortlake South is one of the six projects totalling 928 MW that secured support in the Victorian auction.
The wind farm is expected to generate enough electricity to meet the needs of almost 80,000 Australian households. Acciona said it has committed to make as much use as possible of local skills and promote economic growth in the state. The project will create about 100 jobs, including around 10 ongoing positions during operations.
This is Acciona Energy's fifth wind farm in Australia after the 132-MW Mt Gellibrand, 64-MW Cathedral Rocks, 192-MW Waubra and 46.5-MW Gunning and will boost the company's installed renewable energy capacity in the country by 36%.
(USD 1 = EUR 0.860)