New Projects, Wind

800-MW Wind Project Proposed for Australia

By Editors of Power Engineering

Bosting a total capacity of 800 MW, the largest wind farm in the southern hemisphere could be constructed in Victoria, Australia.

Plans for the Golden Plains Wind Farm, under development from WestWind, are now seeking approval from the Golden Plains Shire Council and the state government, the Border Mail reported.

If built, the $1.5 billion project would feature between 200 and 240 wind turbines 40 kilometers south of Ballarat.

WestWind communications and stakeholder engagement manager Paige Ricci said the company is still developing plans, and has spent the last two months doing environmental studies.

“(The project has) been in the pipeline for a long time and we’ve been monitoring wind in the Golden Plains area for years now,” Ricci said.  “Now we have a supportive state government in particular we think it’s the right time to move forward.”

WestWind already operates the Mount Mercer Wind Farm in the shire, and has proposed additional wind facilities at Lal Lal and Moorabool.