Acciona begins construction on 132MW Mount Gellibrand windfarm in Australia

Acciona Energy has started construction work on the 132MW Mount Gellibrand windfarm in the state of Victoria, Australia.

The AS$258m ($194.04m) facility will feature 44 units of Nordex AW125/3000 wind turbines, with rated power of 3MW and a rotor sweep of 125m.

Being mounted at a hub height of 87.5m, the turbines will be able to generate maximum energy with medium wind speeds and low turbulence.

Acciona Energy's Oceania managing director Andrew Thomson said: “We are very pleased to have achieved viability for 132MW of windpower capacity in Victoria, which will mean higher investment, more jobs, and a greater contribution of clean energy to the community within our clear growth strategy in the country.”

Last year, following a public tender process, the Victorian Government committed to acquire renewable energy certificates (REC) generated from 66MW of Mount Gellibrand windfarm located 17km west of Winchelsea.

"We are very pleased to have achieved viability for 132MW of windpower capacity in Victoria."

Under the deal, the government will be able to purchase RECs for up to ten years.

Acciona Energy will be responsible for building and operating the windpower project. It will create more than one hundred direct jobs during its construction phase and the supply of equipment for the facility will also form employment opportunities in several companies across Victoria.

Victoria's renewable energy advocate Simon Corbell said: “Through this initiative the Victorian Government is using its purchasing power as a large electricity consumer to boost investment in renewables and create new jobs for Victorians.”

Expected to be operational in July next year, the Mount Gellibrand windfarm will generate approximately 429GWh of renewable energy per year, which is enough to supply electricity to more than 60,000 Victorian households.

The facility will also be able to avoid around 412,000t of carbon emissions to the atmosphere from coal-fired power stations.

Image: Construction work begins at Mount Gellibrand wind farm in Victoria. Photo: courtesy of Acciona Energy.