Monday, 01 November 2010: the Moorabool and Yaloak South wind energy facilities, which are planned for locations south of Ballan gained planning approvals today.
The $750 million Moorabool Wind Farm will comprise 107 wind turbines and have the capacity to produce up to 321 megawatts of energy, enough to power more than 125,000 homes.
The $130 million Yaloak South Wind Farm comprises 14 wind turbines and has a total capacity of 29 megawatts, enough energy to power 11,400 homes.
According to the Energy Minister Peter Batchelor,
“These wind farm projects will together provide an $880 million boost to Victoria’s regional economy. They will create up to 260 jobs during construction as well as up to 34 ongoing operation and maintenance jobs once the facilities are completed.”
“These decisions support regional development and renewable energy in the right locations to achieve a more sustainable future for Victoria.”
Mr Batchelor said the Department of Planning and Community Development had approved the Moorabool wind farm project under delegation and the Governor-in-Council had approved the permit for the Yaloak South project, with conditional planning permits issued for each project.
“The Yaloak South and Moorabool wind farm projects were assessed concurrently to ensure proper consideration was given to the cumulative impact of these separate but nearby developments,” Mr Batchelor said.
The Yaloak South and Moorabool wind energy facility advisory committee and planning panel reports can be viewed online on the Department of Planning and Community Development website.