The planning application was lodged with the Minister for Planning in August 2016, and was assessed against the Policy and Planning Guidelines for the Development of Wind Energy Facilities in Victoria. Following the assessment by the Department, the Minister issued Planning Permit No PA1600131 on 28 April 2017 to Timboon West Wind Farm Pty Ltd.
The Timboon West Wind Farm is a two Vestas V126 3.6 MW turbine wind farm. These turbines will have an overall height of up to 150m (to the tip of the blade) and will be separated from each other by several hundred metres with access tracks between them leading to the site entrance on East West road.
The wind farm will have a capacity of 7.2 MW – equivalent energy usage of around 4500 households – and will connect to the existing 22 kV power line that runs adjacent to the site. All cables within the site will be laid underground.
The construction of the wind farm begun in March 2018 and will comprise three phases taking 6-9 months in total. The phases are:
1. Construction of the access tracks, construction pads, foundations and underground cabling.
2. Delivery and installation of the turbines using specialised cranes with highly skilled operators.
3. Commissioning, testing and connecting the wind farm to the local electricity grid so that the export of energy can begin.”