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Mt Mercer Wind Farms Brings Renewable Energy to Golden Plains

Over the coming months, sections of 64 large wind turbines will be travelling Golden Plains to our region’s first renewable energy farm; Mt Mercer Wind Farm, 30 km from Ballarat. The oversized loads will include the steel towers, the 45m long fibre glass blades and the nacelles (housing box) for the wind turbines.

Golden Plains Shire Council and Vicroads have been working closely with other key stakeholders; Meridian Energy Australia wind farm owner, REpower Australia responsible for the delivery and installation of the wind turbines and Toll Holdings which will transport the turbines.

Commencing from the 1st August, escorted wind farm components will be transported six days a week from the Port of Geelong to the Mount Mercer Wind Farm between the hours of 1am and 6am, which will maximise public safety and minimise any inconvenience to other road users and the local community. 

While these large loads are being transported on our roads, residents are urged to take care and respond to the Vicroads directions to ensure the safety of all road users. 

Once the components arrive on site it will take a crew of 50 people approximately a day and a half to erect each turbine, which will stand 126 metres tall to the tip of the blade.

Golden Plains Shire Chief Executive Officer, Rod Nicholls, explains Council’s support for the project, “The Mt Mercer Wind Farm will enhance renewable energy with the turbines expected to generate more than 400GWh of energy each year; sufficient to power a city the size of Ballarat. 

“The project has also created a large number of jobs and Meridian Energy Australia has actively sought to employ locals, this has had a very real and positive impact on our local economy,” said Mr Nicholls.

Currently 79% of staff on site are local to the area and 60% of suppliers used during construction to date are also local. The project is currently employing 121 staff and at peak construction 170 staff on site.

Wind Farm Facts
• The REpower wind turbines:
• Nacelle weighs 69 tonnes (Housing which sits on top of the tower)
• Steel tower sections are approximately 25m long (plus prime mover). 3 Sections per turbine.
• Steel blades approximately 45m long (plus prime mover). 3 Blades per turbine
• Approx number of staff on site today = 130
• Number of sub-contractors = 25
• Percentage of local people employed by sub-contractors shown above = 80% of staff on site today are local to the area (local includes Ballan, Miners Rest, Ballarat and Wendouree)
• Local suppliers utilised during construction to date = 55 out of 94 suppliers
• Local suppliers includes John Carey Civil, MFC Contracting, Porter Plant Hire, Eureka Concrete Ballarat, A1 trees, Ballarat & Associated Plumbing, Buninyong Garden & Rural Supplies, LPL Security and Protecta All Safe
• Total number of tower sections to be delivered to site from Geelong - 192 (25 tonnes each)
• Total number of blades to be delivered to site from Geelong - 192 (10 tonnes each)
• Total number of nacelles to be delivered to site from Geelong - 64 (72 tonnes each)