Goldwind Australia has poured the first wind turbine foundation at Australia’s largest wind farm.
The 530MW Stockyard Hill Wind Farm project, located west of Ballarat, will comprise 149 Goldwind advanced technology turbines.
It will be the largest wind farm in the southern hemisphere, producing enough clean energy to power almost 400,000 homes once operational.
“We have significant ongoing plans in Australia, Goldwind also has the Moorabool Wind Farm in Victoria and Cattle Hill Wind Farm in Tasmania under construction,” Goldwind Australia managing director John Titchen said.
“Further projects are planned, including the Coppabella Wind Farm in NSW.”
Construction for the project is progressing smoothly with access tracks now constructed to more than 15 wind turbine locations and five foundations now prepared for their first concrete pour.
Goldwind project director Andrew Monahan thanked the local community for its ongoing support of the project.
“With the first foundation poured in the south of the project and winter now behind us, we will continue with the remaining 148 foundations over coming months,” Mr Monahan said.
“The project continues to progress on other fronts with blades and other large infrastructure due to start arriving on site in October.”
The project is expected to create up to 300 jobs during construction peaks on site and employ up to 25 permanent maintenance staff once the wind farm is complete.
By 2020, one in 10 Australian homes will be powered by Goldwind’s advanced wind turbine technology, according to the company.
Goldwind Australia’s One Million Homes campaign will see one million homes using sustainable, clean energy.