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Australia’s third-largest wind farm switches to full capacity

Staff Writer |
Victoria’s Ararat Wind Farm was officially opened today with a ceremony in Ararat to mark the completion of the 240MW wind farm.

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The wind farm is now operating at full capacity providing enough electricity to power the equivalent of 120,000 homes across Victoria and the ACT.

The $450 million wind farm development, financed by shareholders Partners Group (on behalf of its clients), RES, OPTrust and GE, was the first wind farm development to be signed following restored bipartisan support for the Renewable Energy Target (RET) in June 2015.

Comprising of 75 GE wind turbines, each with a capacity of 3.2MW, the wind farm is the third-largest in the Southern Hemisphere, powering five percent of Victorian homes with zero emissions.

A recent Economic Impact Analysis Report developed by RES Australia found an ongoing regional economic stimulus associated with new local wage spending and financial returns to land owners of $44.5 million over 25 years.

The 16-month construction period generated approximately 600 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) jobs, including 165 direct and 430 indirect FTE positions.

The operational phase will see 51 FTE jobs (13 direct and 38 indirect) to support the operation and maintenance of the wind farm.

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