The 180-megawatt Berrybank Wind Farm has officially opened, and with the potential to generate enough energy to power every home in greater Geelong it will help Victoria meet its clean energy targets.
Owned by Global Power Generation, it is one of the large-scale renewable energy projects supported under the Victorian Government’s Renewable Energy Target reverse auction.
The 43-turbine wind farm north of Colac delivered $284 million of capital investment while supporting more than 280 jobs including 26 apprentices during construction.
As part of Victoria’s support agreement with Global Power Generation, Berrybank has delivered several initiatives including annual community development grants through the Golden Plains and Corangamite Shire Council and subsidised solar panels for local households and both councils.
Berrybank Wind Farm will continue local benefit-sharing and investment initiatives over the next 15 years, including annual grants programs, scholarships, and an Entrepreneur Incubator Program.
With Victoria having exceeded its 2020 renewable energy target of 25 per cent, the wind farm is helping ensure the state achieves its targets of 40 per cent by 2025 and 50 per cent by 2030.