NZ energy developer Trustpower continues to develop its Australian wind projects, with the company winning Federal planning approval for a 96 turbine farm in Victoria this week.
The Federal Government has approved the 300 MW Dundonnell wind farm near Mortlake in the South-West of the State.
Trustpower will need to satisfy a number of pre – construction planning requirements and complete various technical and commercial work streams to determine to proceed to financial close for the windfarm as noted in Trustpower’s earlier release, as well as progressing any further outstanding approvals required.
The project has already been approved by the Victorian Government.
Dundonnell is one of three wind Australian wind projects Trustpower has in its pipeline, in addition to operating the 270 MW Snowtown facility in South Australia.
Although Moyne Shire Council was not involved in the decision under Victoria’s new planning laws, the council has welcomed the project, with mayor Colin Ryan saying it was good news for the area and for the 11 families on whose land the turbines will be erected.
The council copped major local criticism during the construction phase of the 144-turbine Macarthur wind farm, with claims that it had caused significant criticism for the damage that was done to roads.
Cr Ryan told local media that the Dundonnell venture would be done much better.
“We have learnt a significant amount and so has the state government in the development of wind farms since Macarthur,” Cr Ryan said.
“Our permit shortcomings on that occasion created a lot of issues and we have been able to address those in respect to the roads and the sourcing of materials.”
In other wind energy news, AGL has re-affirmed its commitment to the Coopers Gap Wind Farm project in southern Queensland, having recently submitted a draft Environmental Impact Statement to the Office of the Co-ordinator General.
AGL’s Coopers Gap Wind Farm project manager, Neil Cooke, said submitting the EIS is another step forward for the project.