Construction has now finished on the 50-turbine northern section of the Moorabool Windfarm, with the first turbine completed on the southern section.

Goldwind Australia Manageing Director John Titchen said the commissioning phase would begin soon, resulting in the first connection the Victorian electricity grid.

“These milestones (are) a significant step towards more reliable, sustainable, and affordable energy for Victorians as well as providing local and regional economic and employment opportunities,” he said.

“The commencement of wind turbine installations at Moorabool South provides another wave of local and regional economic and employment opportunities including up to 150 jobs during peak construction periods.

“And when operational, Moorabool Wind Farm will see the direct employment of up to 20 permanent full-time maintenance roles.”

Construction on the southern section is expected to continue until later this year.

Once finished, the 104-turbine windfarm will generate 312MW.

Goldwind estimates this will create enough clean, emission-free energy to power approximately 203,500 Victorian homes – or a region four-and-a-half times the population of the City of Ballarat.

The Bungeeltap/Ballark windfarm has been on the cards since 2010.

MEANEWHILE a name-the-turbine competition closes at 5pm tomorrow (Fri 26 June).

Primary-aged children have the chance to choose a turbine on the north side of the windfarm and another in the south. Once completed and commissioned, both turbines will be used for educational visits.

The winners will receive $50 vouchers, model turbines and a $1000 Officeworks voucher for their school. Entries need to be submitted to www.mooraboolwindfarm.com

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Main image: Work wraps up on the first completed turbine in the southern half of the Moorabool Windfarm. Pic: Goldwind.