Aussie co WestWind seeks approval of 800-MW project in Victoria
Wind turbines in Australia. Photo by: WestWind Energy (www.w-wind.com.au).
Australian renewable energy developer WestWind Energy Pty Ltd has submitted a planning application for an 800-MW wind farm in Victoria, expected to be the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere.
The application for the AUD-1.7-billion (USD 1.35bn/EUR 1.14bn) project, called the Golden Plains wind farm, will be reviewed by the Victoria state government, the developer said on its website.
WestWind's plan is to install up to 235 turbines at a site in the Golden Plains Shire, near the town of Rokewood. Each with a capacity of between 3 MW and 5 MW, the machines are expected to have a combined output of around 3,000 GWh per year, equal to the annual power demand of over 500,000 local homes. The plant is also estimated to help save more than 2.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions each year.
The project will bring at least AUD 3.5 million in annual income to local landowners, WestWind says. It will come with a community fund that will provide up to AUD 235,000 annually for community initiatives, projects and events.
Veselina Petrova is one of Renewables Now's most experienced green energy writers. For several years she has been keeping track of game-changing events both large and small projects and across the globe.