GOLDEN PLAINS WIND FARM
Project Summary – Current Approval
|LOCATION:||GOLDEN PLAINS SHIRE, ROKEWOOD, VICTORIA|
|TURBINES:||UP TO 228|
|TOTAL TIP HEIGHT:||UP TO 230m|
|WIND TURBINE ROTOR:||150m DIAMETER|
|INSTALLED CAPACITY:||800-1000 MW|
|ENERGY PRODUCTION:||3500 GWh ANNUALLY|
|HOMES POWERED:||>500,000 HOMES|
|GREENHOUSE SAVINGS:||>3.5M TONNES OF CARBON DIOXIDE ANNUALLY|
|SITE AREA:||16,739 HA|
|SHIRE RATES||APPROX. $800,000 A YEAR|
|DEVELOPMENT COST:||$1.5 – $1.7 BILLION|
The Golden Plains Wind Farm will power more than 500,000 homes with green electricity
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
- Optimisation of
- 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.
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 over the past 3 years 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 will consist of up to 228, 3-5 MW wind turbines. The project will generate over 3500 GWh per annum of electricity, enough to power more than 500,000 homes –and prevent more than 3.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from being emitted to the atmosphere each year.
The Project is currently undergoing the process to amend the planning permit, and the details can be found at https://goldenplainswindfarm.com.au/permit-amendment/.
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