New wind farm fires up in western Victoria

A $77 million 31 MW wind farm has been commissioned at Kiata near Nhill in Western Victoria which will power more than 20,000 households.

Kiata’s nine 117-meter towers were made by Australia’s largest wind tower manufacturer Keppel Prince. It is one of four large-scale, renewable energy generators for Victoria — the others being the 132MW Mount Gellibrand wind farms and the 100MW Bannerton Solar Park and 38MW Numurkah Solar Farm.

Six other projects are underway or proposed in the area. These include Stockyard Hill, Lal Lal, Moorabool, Dundonnell, Murra Warra and the Bulgana Green Power Hub – Stawell Nectar Farms.

Wilson Transformer Company – the largest Australian-owned and based manufacturer – supplied the transformers for the farm, from its two manufacturing facilities in Glen Waverley and Wodonga.

The project was funded by UK-based infrastructure investor John Laing Group Plc who has a 72% stake, while WindLab holds 25%. Windlab was established to commercialise atmospheric modelling and wind energy assessment technologies developed by CSIRO. The local community also has a share.

Kiata Wind Farm is the first project supported by the Victorian Government’s LGC procurement scheme to be connected to the grid.

It is are part of the Victorian Government's renewable energy targets of 25 per cent renewable energy production by 2020 and 40 per cent by 2025.

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