Work is underway to build a wind farm near Ararat in regional Victoria following last week’s event to celebrate the start of construction.
It forms part of the Melbourne Renewable Energy Project, a partnership between 14 different organisations committed to sustainable energy.
The project was announced four months ago and ground has now been broken alongside project developer Pacific Hydro at the Crowlands wind farm site.
Thirty-nine wind turbines will be built as part of the project. It’s providing 140 jobs during construction, eight ongoing maintenance jobs and countless opportunities for local businesses.
The energy created equals the average power used by 18,000 homes per year and is saving almost 100,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas pollution each year.
Access roads and bridges have been built and now the exciting project is ready to get underway.
It’s the first time a project of this nature has taken place within Australia. No other project has had as many partners influence a positive outcome in a regional town.
Fed Square was there last week for the launch alongside the other major partners to support the project and community.
The Melbourne Renewable Energy Project group is led by the City of Melbourne and includes the University of Melbourne, RMIT, Federation Square, City of Port Phillip, City of Yarra, Moreland City Council, Bank Australia, Zoos Victoria, Citywide, National Australia Bank, Australia Post, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and NEXTDC.
Excess power created from the project will be fed back into south eastern Australia for more households and communities to utilize.