Berrybank Wind Farm, owned by Global Power Generation, has been officially launched.
The 180-megawatt, 43-turbine wind farm project has the potential to produce enough energy to power every household in greater Geelong. The Berrybank Wind Farm is one of the several large-scale renewable energy projects supported under the Andrews Labor Government’s first Victorian Renewable Energy Target reverse auction.
The $284 million project supports more than 280 jobs and 26 apprentices while being constructed.
As part of Victoria’s agreement with Global Power Generation, Berrybank has delivered various initiatives which include annual community development grants through the Golden Plains and Corangamite Shire Council and subsidised solar panels for local homes and council.
Victoria’s first Renewable Energy Target reverse auction was the biggest auction held in the country, providing new solar and wind projects in the state.
Over the next 15 years, Berrybank Wind Farm will continue investment initiatives and local benefit-sharing, which includes scholarships, annual grants programs, and an Entrepreneur Incubator Program.
With Victoria surpassing its 2020 renewable energy target of 25%, the Berrybank Wind Farm is ensuring the state hits its target of 40% by 2025 and 50% by 2030.
In December 2021, the Labor Government stopped accepting applications for a second Victorian Renewable Energy Target reverse auction of at least 600 MW to provide 100% renewable electricity for all state government operations by 2025.
“I’m thrilled to see large-scale renewable energy generators like Berrybank come online following our first Victorian Renewable Energy Target auction,” Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said.
“These projects are a great step forward for Victoria’s clean energy transition – bring us closer to halving our emissions by 2030 and achieving net-zero emissions by 2050,” she added.
“This wind farm has created investment and jobs in our local community while contributing to the state’s clean energy transition,” Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney commented.
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