THE State Government has offered its final stamp of approval for a wind farm near Colac, making way for construction to start in March.
International energy company Acciona said it welcomed Planning Department approval for its $350-million wind farm at Mount Gellibrand, 15 kilometres north-east of Colac.
“We are very pleased to announce that Acciona’s development plan for the Mount Gellibrand wind farm has been endorsed by the Department of Planning and Community Development enabling the project to now proceed to construction,” Acciona’s generation director Brett Wickham said.
The company received a planning permit from the government in 2006 for a 116-turbine wind farm, but blamed a global financial crisis and changes to renewable energy legislation for a delay in construction.
The company then scaled the number of proposed wind turbines back to 63.
Mr Wickham said the wind farm would have the capacity to produce 189 megawatts of energy each year.
He said builders would begin work on March 15, with the developers yet to release a completion date.