The Golden Plains Wind Farm (GPWF) is a state-significant project that will be Victoria’s largest wind farm to date. The construction of this wind energy facility includes planning approval for up to 228 turbines, with a current design comprising 215 turbines across 16,739ha. Rapid advances in turbine technology will see the latest generation of 162m rotors utilised to generate approximately 8% of Victoria’s electricity. The project will also feature a 300MW battery storage facility that will add flexibility and stability to the grid.
Richard Gledhill, WSP’s Manager for Renewables Delivery, says, “As onshore wind energy developments continue to expand, a project at this scale is expected to yield the biggest single contribution to delivering Victoria’s emission reduction target.
“Our energy team is proud to bring our Future Ready™ expertise to deliver this landmark clean energy project for Victoria and the nation. We’re supporting communities to be resilient in the transition to cleaner and reliable energy.”
Once completed, GPWF will generate over 4000 GWh of renewable electricity each year and power more than 750,000 homes. It will prevent more than 4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from being emitted to the atmosphere each year.
An estimated 700 jobs will be created and maintained as part of the project’s two-staged construction. Stage one of the project has reached financial close and will commence construction in early 2023.
GPWF is located near Rokewood, in the Shire of Golden Plains (traditional lands of the Wadawurrung and Eastern Maar Peoples).
For more information on how WSP can support your projects in renewables or energy storage, please contact Richard Gledhill.
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