First turbine up at Goldwind's 530-MW Stockyard Hill wind farm

Turbine installation at the Stockyard Hill wind farm. Image by: Goldwind Australia.

February 8 (Renewables Now) - The first turbine has been erected at Goldwind Australia's 530-MW Stockyard Hill wind farm in western Victoria, the developer announced today.

Installation of the first of 149 Goldwind machines was carried out safely and smoothly and construction of the wind farm is progressing well, according to the press release. The company, a subsidiary of Chinese wind turbine maker Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Tech Co Ltd (HKG:2208), will proceed installing the remaining turbines at a height of up to 180 metres (591 ft) throughout the year, aiming to complete the project in 2020.

The Stockyard Hill wind park is being built near Ballarat and is anticipated to generate enough electricity to supply 391,000 local homes, once commissioned. Its construction was launched in June 2018 and currently provides employment for about 250 people.

The project has in place a grid connection agreement with AusNet and the Australian Energy Market Operator.

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