Construction begins on $258M wind farm

Colac Otway Shire Council chief executive officer Sue Wilkinson, mayor Chris Potter, Victorian Renewable Energy advocate Simon Corbell and Acciona managing director Andrew Thompson turning the first sod at the Mount Gellibrand wind farm. The wind farm will start producing electricity from mid-2018.

Workers are on site and ready to start building a new $258-million wind farm at Mount Gellibrand.

Officials were on hand for the first turn of the sod at the Mooleric Road, Ombersley, site on Wednesday to mark the start of the project.

Spanish company Acciona has been pursuing the wind farm project at Mount Gellibrand for about 15 years and the company was able to fast track the project last year after a State Government commitment to buy 66 megawatts of the 132 megawatts of power the farm will generate.

The company will construct up to 44 wind turbines at the site that will provide renewable energy to more than 60,000 homes from July next year.

Acciona managing director Andrew Thompson said that during construction the project could create 130 jobs at its peak but he expected at least 100 consistent jobs during construction.

After construction there should be about 10 permanent operations jobs at the wind farm.

Mr Thompson said the company focused on becoming part of the community by employing people from the region and had already invested about $500,000 with Colac businesses.

He said over the course of the project the company predicted it would spend a total of about $10 million directly in the Colac Otway Shire.

“We always try and employ local people because we find there’s more longevity more stability; this is their region, this is their home town,” Mr Thompson
said.

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