Stockyard Hill Wind Farm, in Western Victoria, has commenced construction.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’ambrosio visited the site to mark the beginning of construction.
The project will see Western Victoria become home to Australia’s biggest wind farm, generating enough electricity to power more than 340,000 households.
“We’re backing Victoria’s booming renewables industry every step of the way. The Stockyard Hill project will not only deliver the clean energy we need, but will help power new jobs in Western Victoria,” Premier Andrews said.
The wind farm is being developed by Goldwind and will see 149 turbines provide 530MW of clean energy to power homes across Victoria and beyond.
It is expected to provide a boost for the local economy, delivering 300 jobs during construction and injecting more than $5 million into the local economy each year.
Eight wind farms, worth $1.07 billion, have been built since the current State Government was elected, creating more than 2300 construction jobs. Another nine new wind farms are under construction worth $3.2 billion.