According to The Australian Financial Review, German-backed WestWind Energy has submitted plans for a $1.7 billion wind farm in south-west Victoria, making it the largest such facility potentially in the southern hemisphere.
If approved, the massive Golden Plains wind farm of 231 turbines will generate 3,000GWh of power annually, enough to power 500,000 homes.
The Golden Plains project is among the next generation of wind farms in the pipeline as the state government legislates its own state-based renewable energy target.
The state planning authority is now considering four wind farm projects, along with applications to amend three existing permits.
Adding momentum to the sector two years ago, Victoria limited the setbacks around wind farms to one kilometre, reducing the two-kilometre zone within which land holders could previously veto a proposal.
For WestWind, the Victorian initiatives are helpful but they are not core to the project's business case.
Indeed, for chief executive Tobias Geiger, the Golden Plains project must stand on its own merits, particularly when energy policy is at the mercy of politicians.
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