AusBN – A consortium of five companies have announced that they will develop a 240 megawatt wind farm in Victoria.
The A$450 million project will use 75 wind turbines to generate enough electricity for 123,000 homes per annum.
Construction and maintenance of the project will be undertaken by General Electric (GE), Renewable Energy Systems (RES), Downer, Partners Group and OPTrust.
RES will manage the construction and commissioning of the project and once completed GE will take over the operation and maintenance of the facility.
Around 40% of the energy generated at the wind farm will be purchased by the Australian Capital Territory Government.
GE Australia, New Zealand and PNG president and CEO Geoff Culbert said: "The wind farm will have significant local impact.
“It will employ around 165 workers directly in the construction phase, another 120 indirectly, and is expected to inject at least $7 million - $8 million into the local economy around Ararat over two years.
"The project will also establish a local community fund which will inject over $2 million in support of good causes over its lifetime."