AusNet Services today announced its key role in connecting the 336 megawatt Dundonnell Wind Farm to the National Energy Market. Appointed by Tilt Renewables, AusNet Services will build, own and operate approximately 38km of new transmission line and a new substation connecting the Dundonnell Wind Farm to the Mortlake Terminal Station.
The project will be integral to increasing Victoria’s local generation capacity and contribute to Victoria achieving its Renewable Energy Target. These assets will enable energy to enter the Victorian electricity network from the windfarm which will comprise 80 wind turbines and produce enough clean energy to power approximately 245,000 homes and save emissions of roughly 1.3 million tonnes of carbon each year.
AusNet Services’ Managing Director, Nino Ficca, said, “This project is another big step in helping create an integrated Australian energy market, with a focus on building energy infrastructure that enables a low cost, renewable future.”
AusNet Services’ Executive General Manager Commercial Energy Services, Chad Hymas, said AusNet Services was committed to supporting Australia’s transition to renewable energy.
“AusNet Services is proud to partner with Tilt Renewables for this significant wind farm development that will support western Victoria’s energy supply system and contribute to job growth in regional Victoria,” Mr Hymas said. “We will also work together with Tilt Renewables to ensure that the local community is informed and respected throughout the works”.
Deion Campbell, Chief Executive of Tilt Renewables, said that the Dundonnell Wind Farm development has been driven by the local community but as the number of renewable energy projects increases, there was concern about the potential for duplication of high-voltage transmissions lines criss-crossing the country side.
“Tilt Renewables wants the Dundonnell Wind Farm to be a project that the Dundonnell community can be truly proud of and benefit from. We have worked closely with AusNet Services over a long period to create a network solution to reduce the amount of transmission line infrastructure,” Mr Campbell said.
Work on site will commence in January 2019 and is expected to be complete by the end of 2020. It is the 7th project of its kind over the last 2 years for AusNet Services.
This investment of approximately $80m will take AusNet Services’ Contracted Asset portfolio to $937m, well progressed towards its target of $1b.
Tilt Renewables has a vision to be a leading developer and owner of renewable energy generation in Australia and New Zealand. It owns and operates eight wind farms in Australia and New Zealand with an installed capacity of 636MW. Tilt Renewables also has a significant pipeline of over 3,500MW of wind and solar projects in Australia and New Zealand of which more than 2,000MW have secured the required planning approvals.www.tiltrenewables.com
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