Acciona has started the commissioning process of the 132-MW Mount Gellibrand Wind Farm, which has involved an investment of AUD258m in the state of Victoria (around EUR165M at current exchange rates).
As the 44 wind turbines come online, energy production will ramp up to around 66MW in July, and to the full 132MW capacity in August. Total output will power approximately 60,000 homes.
The construction of the project followed a public tender process in which the Victorian Government committed to purchasing the renewable energy certificates generated from 66 MW of Mt Gellibrand. These certificates will contribute to the state’s renewable energy generation targets of 25 per cent by 2020 and 40 per cent by 2025.
Mt Gellibrand will be Acciona Energy’s fourth wind farm in Australia after Cathedral Rocks (64 MW in South Australia), Waubra (192 MW in Victoria) and Gunning (46.5 MW in New South Wales). Australia, where Acciona has 302.5 MW, ranks fourth in Acciona’s portfolio of wind assets after Spain, the USA and Mexico.