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Renewable energy boost For Victoria’s North West

A wind farm at Kiata will create jobs, grow the clean energy industry and cut Victoria’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Minister for Planning Richard Wynne gave the green light for the wind farm, which will be located three kilometres from the Kiata township. It will include 13 turbines, and provide enough clean energy to power more than 20,000 homes.

Victoria has set ambitious renewable energy targets to create thousands of jobs and cut the state’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Currently, about 14 per cent of Victoria’s electricity comes from renewable sources. By 2020, that number will rise to 25 per cent, and then to 40 per cent by 2025.

The Kiata Wind Farm will deliver big benefits to the regional economy and provide jobs for locals. Local labour and services will be employed for construction where possible, and the Farm is seeking expressions of interest from nearby suppliers.

The government announced an auctions scheme – running a series of technology-neutral auctions, as well as solar auctions – which will see project developers compete to be the lowest cost provider.

This will form a key part of Victoria’s Renewable Energy Action Plan, which will help revive a sector that has stalled since the government cut the national Renewable Energy Target in 2015.

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