Acciona Energía, a subsidiary of Spanish energy company Acciona, has commenced construction on its fifth wind farm in Australia, with an investment of around A$288m (€180m).
The Mortlake South Wind Farm, located in the State of Victoria, will have a capacity of 157.5MW and be equipped with Nordex technology 4.5MW turbines.
It represents a 36% rise in the company’s wind power capacity in Australia, reaching 592MW.
Construction on the wind farm will continue until the plant’s entry into service in the second half of 2020.
Acciona Energy Australia’s managing director Brett Wickham said: “This fifth wind farm in Australia shows our long-term commitment in a country whose energy future is increasingly linked to the development of clean and renewable sources – a process to which ACCIONA wants to make a significant contribution.”
Mortlake South will generate clean energy equivalent to the electricity consumption of 115,000 Australian homes, avoiding the emission of 532,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere every year from coal-fired power stations.
Around 100 jobs are expected to be created during the construction phase and around 10 in the operational phase.
The Mortlake South Wind Farm will have 35 4.5MW Nordex turbines with a rotor diameter of 149 metres and blades of 73 metres in length.
The facility will also have an energy storage installation to improve its performance and facilitate grid integration.
The storage capacity is being evaluated, but is expected to be between 4MW and 5MW.
The construction phase will include the laying of a 15km underground power line of 220kV as far as the substation at Terang.
Currently, Acciona Energía operates four wind farms in Australia – Cathedral Rocks (64MW in South Australia), Gunning (46.5MW in New South Wales), and Waubra (192MW) and Mt Gellibrand (132MW) in Victoria.
Acciona Energía has so far invested more than A$1,300m (€810m) in Australia since it started operations there in 2002.
Image: Victoria Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio (third from right) and Acciona Energy Australia managing director Brett Wickham (first from right) during the groundbreaking ceremony. Photo: Courtesy of ACCIONA.