Spanish infrastructure developer ACCIONA Energy has begun construction work on the 132-megawatt Mount Gellibrand wind farm in Victoria.
With an estimated investment of $258 million Australian dollars, the project comprises 44 turbines and will create around 100 jobs in the construction phase.
The electricity generated by Mt. Gellibrand will be traded on the wholesale electricity market. The Victorian Government committed to purchasing the renewable energy certificates generated from 66MW of Mt Gellibrand Wind Farm last year following a public tender process. The contract allows the Government to buy certificates for up to 10 years.
Following its entry into service, planned for July 2018, Mt. Gellibrand will produce around 429 gigawatt-hours (GWh) a year, equivalent to the electricity consumption of around 60,000 homes and avoiding the emission of some 412,000 tonnes of CO2 to the atmosphere from coal-fired power stations.
ACCIONA Energy now has 302.5 MW of wind power capacity operational in Australia, in three wind farms: Cathedral Rocks (64 MW, South Australia), Waubra (192 MW, Victoria) and Gunning (46.5 MW, New South Wales). Australia is the company’s fourth largest market after Spain, the USA and Mexico.