GOLDEN PLAINS WIND FARM

Project Summary

 

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
HOST LANDHOLDERS: 39

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

Project Feasibility

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

2017 – 2018

Enviornment & Planning Approval

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

2018 – 2020

Detailed Design & Securing Finance

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

2021 – 2045

Construction & Operation

  • Ground Breaking .
  • Civil & Electrical Works.
  • Turbine Installation & Commissioning.
Project Overview
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 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 proposed 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.

Project Updates

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