About the Project

The Golden Plains Wind Farm is a state-significant project that will be Australia’s largest wind farm to date and power more than 750,000 homes. This $3+ billion project is a landmark clean energy project for Victoria and Australia, at a scale never seen before in the Southern Hemisphere.

Contributing to a greener Victoria

With an installed capacity of more than 1,330MW, the Golden Plains Wind Farm’s 215 turbines will be capable of producing more than 4,000 GWh of green energy annually. This sustainable energy will provide enough power for more than 765,000 homes – the equivalent of every home in regional Victoria. The Golden Plains Wind Farm will prevent more than four and a half million tonnes of carbon dioxide from being emitted to the atmosphere annually – equivalent to 3% of Victoria’s total greenhouse emissions.

A landmark clean energy project 

The Golden Plains Wind Farm has 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 165m rotors generate approximately 10 -14% more electricity without exceeding a 230m total tip height. The project will also feature a 300MW battery storage facility that will add flexibility and stability to the grid.

A state-significant development creating jobs for Victoria 

An estimated 700 jobs will be created and maintained as part of the two-staged construction of the Golden Plains Wind Farm. Upon completion, 70 direct operational jobs are expected to be created ongoing. Golden Plains Wind Farm is committed to supporting our regional community and using our buying power to generate social value above and beyond the value of the goods, services or construction being procured. 

Project background 

The Golden Plains Wind Farm project involves the establishment of a wind energy facility including wind turbines and associated electrical infrastructure on 16,739 ha to the west, south and south west of Rokewood, a small rural town in the Shire of Golden Plains; approximately 60 km north west of Geelong. The site is located on land that is primarily used for agricultural purposes and has been substantially modified over time due to agricultural operations such as broad acre cropping and livestock grazing.

In 2006, WestWind began monitoring the wind resource in the Golden Plains Shire, specifically around the Barunah Park and Rokewood area. In 2016, WestWind completed further feasibility investigations into the proposed development site and made the commercial decision to pursue a planning permit for an 800-1000 MW project.

The Project has been through an extensive planning process including the state’s highest level of environmental scrutiny, an EES (Environment Effects Statement). The Project has obtained state planning approval and has received its planning permit from the Victorian Minister for Planning.

The approved development has a current design layout of 215 turbines, each with a capacity of approximately 6MW. The project will generate over 4,000 GWh per annum of electricity – enough to power more than 750,000 homes – and prevent more than 4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from being emitted to the atmosphere each year.

On Tuesday, 16 November 2021, the Victorian Minister for Planning approved an amendment application for the Project. Click here for more information on the Permit Amendment.

Golden Plains Wind Farm Development Timeline*

2005 – 2015

Pre-Feasibility & Wind Monitoring

  • Landholder Commitment & Option Agreement.
  • Site Boundary Confirmed.
  • Wind Monitoring.
  • Indicative Turbine Layout.

2016 – 2017

Project Feasibility

  • Optimisation of
    Turbine Layout.
  • Environmental Studies.
  • Planning  Studies.
  • Grid Studies.
  • Cultural Heritage.
  • Visual Impact Studies.

2017 – 2018

Environment & Planning Approval

  • Planning Permit Application.
  • Community Consultation.
  • Environmental Referrals.
  • Environment Effect Statement.

2018 – 2022

Detailed Design & Securing Finance

  • Design & Drawings.
  • Project Costing.
  • Securing Investment.
  • Pre-construction approvals.
  • Grid connection agreement.

2022 – 2051

Construction & Operation

  • Ground Breaking .
  • Civil & Electrical Works.
  • Turbine Installation & Commissioning.

Project Summary - Current Approval 

 

LOCATION: GOLDEN PLAINS SHIRE, ROKEWOOD, VICTORIA
TURBINES: UP TO 228 APPROVED, 215 IN CURRENT DESIGN
TOTAL TIP HEIGHT: UP TO 230m
WIND TURBINE ROTOR: Up TO 165m DIAMETER
INSTALLED CAPACITY: 1,330 MW
ENERGY PRODUCTION: >4,000 GWh ANNUALLY
HOMES POWERED: >765,000 HOMES
GREENHOUSE SAVINGS: >4M TONNES OF CARBON DIOXIDE ANNUALLY
SITE AREA: 16,739 HA
SHIRE RATES >$1.5M A YEAR
DEVELOPMENT COST: >$3 BILLION
HOST LANDHOLDERS: 39