Construction has started on Stockyard Hill Wind Farm project, which is being developed by Goldwind in Victoria, Australia.
The 530MW wind farm will feature 149 wind turbines and will have enough power generation capacity for more than 340,000 households across Victoria and beyond.
Stockyard Hill Wind Farm is expected to boost the local economy by creating 300 jobs during the construction period and injecting more than A$5m ($3.7m) into the local economy each year.
Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said: “We’re backing Victoria’s booming renewables industry every step of the way. The Stockyard Hill project will not only deliver the clean energy we need but will help power new jobs in Western Victoria.”
“We’re putting Victoria at the forefront of renewable energy and supporting the thousands of jobs it’s creating.”
The government noted that it has set a Victorian Renewable Energy Target of 25% by 2020 and 40% by 2025.
The project received initial planning approval in October 2010 but was trapped in the planning stage during the former Liberal Government reign.
Victoria Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said: “The Stockyard Hill Wind Farm is another fantastic project that will boost supply and support even more jobs in the booming clean energy sector – all jobs that would be put at risk if Matthew Guy and the Coalition had their way.”