Wind power solutions company Goldwind Australia has broken ground on the Stockyard Hill Wind Farm project being established near Ballarat in the Australian state of Victoria.
Goldwind Australia managing director John Titchen said: “We’re pleased to host the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, Origin Energy’s Chief Executive Officer Frank Calabria, and many other key project construction partners and stakeholders, including representatives from the state and local government, financiers and our host landowners.
“Construction for the Stockyard Hill Wind Farm is now underway, and we look forward to continuing to work in partnership with our many stakeholders to construct Australia’s largest wind farm.”
Origin Energy has supported the development of the project through a long-term power purchase agreement to buy the electricity generated by the wind farm and the associated renewable energy certificates until 2030.
Calabria said: “Having been involved in the project’s development for many years, we’re delighted to see the Stockyard Hill Wind Farm move a step closer to reality and congratulate Goldwind on reaching this significant milestone.
“We are very pleased to be buying all of the renewable power from Stockyard Hill, as adding low-cost renewable energy will continue to put downward pressure on wholesale electricity prices, and help deliver more affordable energy to Australian homes and businesses.”
The 530MW Stockyard Hill Wind Farm will consist of 149 Goldwind advanced technology turbines.
Goldwind Australia will provide EPC services to the project and the warranty, operations and maintenance services once the project is operational.
A joint venture between SNC-Lavalin and WBHO has been appointed as the balance of plant contractor for the project, which is expected to create 300 jobs during construction and employ up to 25 permanent maintenance staff after the completion of the wind farm.
The Stockyard Hill Wind Farm will produce clean energy to power 391,000 homes in Victoria.
Goldwind, a wholly owned subsidiary of Chinese company Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology, offers comprehensive wind power solutions, including investment, construction, and operational and maintenance services.