GREEN DEALS: A wind win for Victoria

Acciona's Mt Gellibrand Wind Farm gains final approval; Algae.Tec signs up for a world-first biofuel JV in China; and another fundraising success for LanzaTech.

Some welcome news for the Victorian wind sector this week with renewables giant Acciona announcing on Tuesday that the development plan for its Mt Gellibrand Wind Farm – 25km east of Colac – had gained final approval from the state government, and would now be proceeding to construction. The $A400 million, 63-turbine, 189MW/year wind farm – enough to meet the annual energy needs of about 88,000 households – was granted a planning permit back in 2006, thus dodging the prohibitive new planning laws announced by the Baillieu government in August, which give residents a right of veto over turbines within 2km of their home. Construction of the plant is slated for March.

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