June 14, 2017

STOCKYARD HILL WIND FARM TO CREATE JOBS AND CLEAN ENERGY

The Andrews Labor Government is creating jobs and supporting a clean energy future for Victoria by improving one of the nation’s leading wind farms.

Minister for Planning Richard Wynne today approved an amended planning permit for the Stockyard Hill Wind Farm, increasing the size of the turbines to create a greater efficiency.

The changes will reduce the number of wind turbines from 157 to 149, and resized from a maximum height of 132 metres to 180 metres.

Significant advances in turbine technology means a smaller number of larger machines can now generate energy more efficiently than a greater number of smaller turbines. An expert panel found virtually no noticeable difference between the shorter and taller turbines.

The project will create around 300 jobs during construction and power around 340,000 Victorian homes. The project will make Stockyard Hill Australia’s biggest wind farm, producing about 2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide savings each year.

A separate permit will pave the way for a 75-kilometre transmission line to connect the wind farm to the national grid, while a new quarry on the wind farm site will provide rock for foundations and roads – reducing the number of trucks on local roads during construction.

The Labor Government is repairing the State and Federal Liberals’ neglect in the renewable energy sector, and the industry is responding strongly.

The Labor Government is taking action to create more than 4000 jobs in the renewable energy sector, and reduce electricity sector greenhouse gases by an estimated 12 per cent by 2035.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Planning Richard Wynne

“This amendment means the Stockyard Hill Wind Farm will still be able to power hundreds of thousands of Victorian homes – but with fewer turbines.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio

“We are building a strong, sustainable renewable energy industry that powers our economy, creates thousands of local jobs, drives down prices and reduces our environmental impact.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford

“This project will create up to 300 jobs during construction, which is great news for the local community and economy.”