Project development is underway for the proposed Moreton Hill Wind Farm, located on Wadawurrung Country, about 35 kilometres southwest of Ballarat in southwest Victoria.
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The proposed wind farm, which has capacity of approximately 420MW, is the first of Squadron Energy’s projects to start development in Victoria and the third wind farm owned by the company in the state.
Squadron Energy's Head of Project Development Alastair Smith said the project was in the early phase of development and would be referred to the Victorian Minister for Planning later in the year to determine whether it required an Environment Effects Statement (EES) under the Environment Effects Act (1978).
“We are really excited to get the ball rolling on this major project that will bring benefits to the local community and will make a major contribution to our goals of a net zero future in Australia,” Mr Smith said.
“We’re committed to being a positive contributor to the communities where we work by sharing the benefits of our projects and supporting communities over the long term through a range of opportunities.
“Maximising investment in the regional economy is a priority, and we also actively encourage open and regular communication with all local stakeholders.”
The wind farm, which is still in development, will consist of up to 62 turbines that will produce enough electricity to power around 260,000 homes and prevent almost 350,000 tonnes of emissions each year.
Following several months of engagement with hosts, the Moreton Hill Wind Farm project team has commenced meeting with all landowners who own a dwelling within close proximity to the proposed site to discuss the project.
All members of the community can contact the project team on 0483 902 842 or email@example.com. Further information is available on the Moreton Hill Wind Farm website, including the opportunity to subscribe to newsletter updates on the project.
Information provided to the Victorian Minister for Planning will be referenced against the triggers contained in the Environment Effects Act (1978) and the Minister will decide if the project will be subject to an Environment Effects Statement (EES) or will be assessed through the Victorian planning scheme.
The planning permit application will be assessed against the Policy and Planning Guidelines for the Development of Wind Energy Facilities in Victoria.
When prepared, planning documents relating to the wind farm will be publicly available and will be accessible via the project website.