ABOUT

The Project

  • Status: Planning permit submitted
  • Location: Five kilometres north of Mortlake, on the Mortlake-Ararat Road
  • Site size: 10,700 hectares
  • Capacity: About 400MW
  • Turbines: Up to 85
  • Tip height: Up to 200 metres
  • Transmission line: 18 kilometres of overhead powerline to the Mortlake substation

Mt Fyans Wind Farm proposed layout

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About Mt Fyans Wind Farm

Mt Fyans Wind Farm is located in Victoria’s Southwest Renewable Energy Zone, a key region earmarked for the development of clean, renewable energy generation, transmission and decarbonisation projects to meet the needs of future generations.

Upon completion, Mt Fyans Wind Farm will be capable of producing up to 400 MW, enough clean energy to power an estimated 280,000 homes – more than the entire Barwon South-West region.

When complete, the Mt Fyans Wind Farm will play a key role in helping Victoria achieve its target of 50% renewable energy by 2030.

The project is currently progressing through planning approvals. Construction is expected to take around 20 months and wind turbines will be commissioned progressively over a period of around 4 to 6 months. The project is aiming to be fully operational by the end of 2026 and will operate for around 25 years.

Read the project overview factsheet

How we got here

Roaring 40s Renewable Energy, owned by EnergyAustralia and Hydro Tasmania, developed an initial Mt Fyans Wind Farm project proposal in 2008. Project plans have evolved significantly since this time.

Planning has had to consider proximity to the 500 kV Victoria-South Australia interconnector and Mortlake Terminal Substation, while avoiding or minimising a range of ecological, environmental, heritage, landscape and amenity impacts.

Wind monitoring has also been undertaken to determine the suitable scale for a wind farm, leading to a proposal with up to 85 turbines across 10,500 hectares.

In all, an ‘avoidance’ approach has been taken to Mt Fyan’s Wind Farm’s design – ensuring the protection of key environmental and social aspects of the landscape.

The Project has also looked to achieve a coordinated alignment with existing wind farms in the area and has been designed to meet community and neighbour expectations.