In December 2017, the Andrews Labor Government announced the signing of a 15-year support agreement with Neoen Australia to deliver the Bulgana Green Power Hub.
Bulgana Green Power Hub is located in the Wimmera region of central-western Victoria, about 200km north-west of Melbourne and 11km north-east of Stawell. The Hub will consist of a 194 megawatt (MW) wind farm and a 20MW/34 megawatt hour (MWh) battery. These will provide reliable and affordable renewable energy to a hydroponic glasshouse facility which will supply the vegetables into domestic and international markets. The remaining power generated by the Hub (around 85-90 per cent) will be fed directly into the national power grid.
The benefits include:
- A total expected investment of $665 million
- Generation of more than 750,000 MWh of clean, renewable electricity into the national power grid each year (enough electricity to power approximately 130,000 homes)
- Around 1,300 jobs are estimated to be created
- 270 of these jobs will be direct ongoing jobs in the agricultural sector with a further 10 direct ongoing jobs in the renewable energy industry. All of these will be located in the Stawell region
- a $120,000 per annum Bulgana Wind Farm (BWF) Community Fund
The project is being developed and operated by Neoen. For more information, please visit the Bulgana Green Power Hub page.
The Bulgana Wind Farm (BWF) Community Fund provides financial support to community groups for projects that benefit and strengthen Northern Grampians Shire. For more information, please visit the Northern Grampians Shire BWF Community Fund page.
The wind farm and battery are currently under construction and are planned to be operational during 2020.
Page last updated: 03/06/20