Victoria Approves Permits for Wind Farm

21 October 2010 (Last Updated October 21st, 2010 18:30)

The Australian state of Victoria has approved two planning permits for the use and development of a $326m wind energy facility at Ararat. The Ararat Wind Energy Facility would house up to 75 wind generators and will produce up to 247.5MW of power to serve over 135,000 homes. V

The Australian state of Victoria has approved two planning permits for the use and development of a $326m wind energy facility at Ararat.

The Ararat Wind Energy Facility would house up to 75 wind generators and will produce up to 247.5MW of power to serve over 135,000 homes.

Victoria planning minister Justin Madden said the community concerns about potential landscape and visual amenity and environmental impacts have been heard and appropriate conditions have been placed on the planning permits, including landscape and flora and fauna issues.

Renewable Energy Australia, which will build the wind farm, will be required to prepare an off-site landscaping plan.

The firm will also need to conduct additional analysis and undertake mitigation measures to tackle the impacts on flora and fauna.