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Victoria Wind Farm will Power 115,000 Homes

Work has begun on a new $275 million wind farm in western Victoria able to power more than 115,000 homes each year.

The construction of the 35-turbine Mortlake South wind farm, near Mortlake in Victoria, will create 90 new jobs in the region and 34 ongoing jobs for locals.

Construction at the Mortlake South Wind Farm is part of a boom in new wind farms that includes the Kiata project.

The farm will be built by Spanish firm Acciona, which is constructing the delayed Sydney Light Rail project that is currently about a year behind schedule.

Victorian Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said the development of this new wind farm had been driven by the state’s renewable energy target, which aims to increase Victoria’s level of green power to 50 per cent by 2030.
“Our energy targets have been the catalyst for unprecedented renewable energy investment and jobs growth in regional Victoria,” she said.

The project is also constructing an underground transmission line to connect the wind farm to the grid, the first time this has been done in the state.

Transmission and grid connections have been major stumbling blocks for renewable energy projects, as many have been unable to connect due to a lack of infrastructure in the best locations for wind or solar, or projects have been clustered together and overwhelm the network when they all generate energy at the same time.

The project’s wind turbine supplier, German firm Nordex, also plans to establish a service hub in the area, providing support to Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.

The project follows the announcement of a new wind turbine factory being built at the historic former Ford Motors factory in Geelong, Victoria, to support the growing demand from wind farms.

The $3.5 million factory is slated to begin operations soon, with the first wind turbines produced generating power by early 2020.

Wind energy has also seen a boost in NSW, as Tilt Renewables acquires the Liverpool Range Wind Farm project.

It has already received the green light to build up to 267 wind turbines, which could make it the largest wind farm in the country, supplying up to 1-gigawatt of energy when completed.

The Liverpool Range project is located around 370 kilometres north of Sydney in the NSW Upper Hunter Valley, near Dundeoo.

The largest currently operating wind farm in the country is the Macarthur Wind Farm, in Victoria, which has 140 turbines capable of generating 420 megawatts. The under-construction Stockyard Hill Wind Farm, in Victoria, will be capable of generating 530 megawatts.

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