Acciona Energy has started construction on the 132MW Mount Gellibrand wind farm in the Australian state of Victoria.
Estimated to cost AUD258M ($194M), the wind farm will feature 44 Nordex’s AW125/3000 wind turbines and will generate around 429GWh of electricity per year — equivalent to the electricity consumption of around 60,000 homes.
The wind turbines, each with a rated power of 3MW and a total rotor sweep of 125m, are being installed on 87.5m-high steel tower.
The Victorian government is committed to purchase the renewable energy certificates generated from 66MW of the wind farm for up to ten years.
Andrew Thomson, Acciona Energy Oceania managing director, said: “We are very pleased to have achieved viability for 132MW of wind power capacity in Victoria, which will mean higher investment, more jobs and a greater contribution of clean energy to the community, within our clear growth strategy in the country.”
During the busiest times of the construction phase, the project will create more than 100 direct jobs. The supply of equipment for the wind farm will also generate employment in several companies in Victoria.
The wind farm is expected to become operational in 2018.
* Data provided by Timetric's Construction Intelligence Center.