A major new wind farm has been proposed as part of a $565 million project in Western Victoria to power the expansion of a hydroponic farm.
The Nectar Farms business at Stawell in the Wimmera has announced it will expand from 10 hectares to 40 hectares, with power to be delivered by a new wind farm augmented by battery storage.
The wind farm would comprise 56 turbines and cost $350 milion, with the balance of the cost going into the development of the farm.
State Premier Daniel Andrews welcomed the move, saying Nectar would be growing the “world’s first ever protected crop powered by renewable energy.”
He said a combination of the State’s Renewable Energy Target and “job friendly planning laws” had made the project possible.
Around 75 percent of the 1300 jobs created by the project would be in construction, with around 270 ongoing jobs created at the farm.