Mt Gellibrand Wind Farm receives final approval

Located 25 km east of Colac and 17 km west of Winchelsea in Victoria, Mt Gellibrand Wind Farm will be constructed by Acciona Energy. It will consist of 63 wind turbines and will have a capacity of 189 MW. Construction will commence by 15 March, 2012, but a completion date has not yet been determined.

“The Mt Gellibrand Wind Farm will bring significant economic activity and benefits to the Colac region as well as providing a new source of clean, renewable energy," says Brett Wickham, Acciona Energy’s Director of Generation. Acciona states it is "committed to engaging with the landowners, neighbours and the broader community to build effective relationships and ensure the success" of the wind power facility.

This project may not have occurred under the Victorian government's recently changed wind farm planning rules that stipulate a minimum two-kilometre distance between large wind turbines and residences. However, Acciona's project received initial approval already in 2006. Acciona says it has invested more than AUD 630 million in its Australian operations over the last decade and has employed more than 500 people across the nation.

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