Friends of the Earth welcome the Andrews government’s long-awaited announcement of a 100 megawatt renewable energy purchase, saying it’s a sign of bigger things to come.
“The Andrews government’s support for two new wind farms is a welcome appetiser while it finalises the details of Victorian Renewable Energy Target auctions,” said Leigh Ewbank, Friends of the Earth renewable energy spokesperson.
“Ambitious targets will create a renewable energy boom, bringing jobs and investment to regional communities.”
Friends of the Earth estimate the wind farms at Kiata near Horsham and Mount Gellibrand near Colac will create an estimated 96 construction jobs and 10 ongoing positions for the 30-year life of the projects.
Flow-on economic benefit to the community from construction is expected to be in order of $2.4 million.
The organisation says this announcement is a fraction of the benefits that will come from hitting state government’s ambitious renewable energy goal of 40 percent by 2025.
“More renewable energy means more jobs, investment, and action on climate change, which is why community groups are calling on opposition leader Matthew Guy to support the Victorian Renewable Energy Target,” said Ewbank.