The first electricity is being produced by the Ararat wind farm in Victoria, with five turbines now producing around 23 megawatts of power each day.
One year after ground was broken at the site, construction has seen more than 20 kilometres of transmission line connected to the grid. 25 turbines have so far been erected.
When complete, the 75 turbine project will be Australia’s third largest wind farm, with capacity at 240MW, enough to power over 120,000 homes.
The $450 million project was successful in the ACT wind auction, with the territory taking 40 percent of the output.
Investors in the project include US giant GE and Canadian pension fund OPTrust along with Swiss-based investor Partners Group and local firms Renewable Energy Systems and Downer, which has secured the turbines contract.
Still in the Wimmera, RES Australia has this week lodged plans for the proposed Murra Murra wind farm.
RES proposes a 116 turbine wind farm about 15 kilometres south of Warracknabeal.