Golden Plain Shire offers significant opportunities for renewable energy development, particularly for wind farms. The Shire is the ideal location for renewable energy production, with vast tracts of largely unencumbered land, attractive climatic conditions, and close proximity to the Victorian power grid, workforce and the Port of Geelong.
Wind farm development in the Shire includes an operational wind farm at Mt Mercer, State Government approval to build a wind farm at Berrybank, and an application for a planning permit has been lodged with the State Government to build a large wind farm near Rokewood.
Mt Mercer Wind Farm
In 2014, Meridian Energy commissioned the Mt Mercer Wind Farm. The farm has 64 wind turbines and the capacity to produce 131MW of power (enough energy to power a city the size of Ballarat).
Berrybank Wind Farm
Global Power Generation Australia (Union Fenosa Wind Australia) has State Government planning approval to build 79 wind turbines at Berrybank in southern Golden Plains Shire. The wind farm will have the capacity to produce 277MW of power, and will see 41 wind turbines built in Golden Plains Shire, and 38 built in Corangamite Shire.
The Berrybank Wind Farm will cost $525M to build with approximately 150 full-time equivalent jobs created during construction and around 14 permanent jobs once operational.
Golden Plains Wind Farm
In 2017, WestWind Energy lodged an application for a planning permit with the State Government to build the Golden Plains Wind Farm near Rokewood in the centre of the Shire. This proposal would see the construction of the largest wind farm in the southern hemisphere with up to 228 wind turbines and a capacity of 800MW – enough energy to power 500,000 homes.
For more information on renewable energy opportunities in Golden Plains Shire, contact Council's Economic Development Team on 5220 7111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org