The last of 64 wind turbines has now been installed at Mt Mercer, meaning the project can now produce enough power for every household in Ballarat by mining the wind.
The construction firm that has supplied and installed the 64 turbines, Senvion Australia, said the $260 million project was a modern day mining boom bringing regional jobs and local investment as well as 130 megawatts of clean energy.
“With so much sun and wind in Australia, it’s fantastic that regional cities like Ballarat are able to harness our natural resources while seeing the benefits of regional jobs and investment,” said Chris Judd, the chief executive officer of Senvion Australia.
“Mt Mercer highlights the importance of Australia sticking with the Renewable Energy Target that is bringing investment and jobs to regional Australia and keeping power prices low,” Mr Judd said.
The project – which is nearing full completion with final testing and commissioning over the coming months – has employed more than 300 people during construction, with 20 permanent jobs at completion.
“Local businesses and farmers are already enjoying the benefits of the clean energy investment, from the local café at Buninyong, a family concreting business and farmers who have drought-proofed their farms and now have a steady income to pass on to their children,” Mr Judd said.
Senvion Australia began designing and building wind farms in Australia 12 years ago, and has since invested more than $2.5 billion into Australian businesses for subcontracting and supply scopes of work across 17 wind farms.
“Certainty in the future of the Renewable Energy Target is fundamental to our future in Australia,” Mr Judd said.
Mt Mercer has been developed by Meridian Energy Australia, which operates a portfolio of renewable energy projects across Australia and a Retail Energy Business – Powershop.
Installation of 64 turbines now complete at Mt Mercer Wind Farm (PDF, 15 kByte)