A huge new wind farm will power a hydroponic farm in western Victoria as part of a $565million expansion.
The Nectar Farms business at Stawell will expand from 10ha to 40 and be powered by a new wind farm and battery storage facility.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the project would make Nectar Farms the world’s first-ever protected crop farm completely powered by renewable energy.
‘‘This really is a great example of what’s possible when you have a Victorian renewable energy target, a government that’s sensible, balanced, (and) job-friendly planning laws,’’ Mr Andrews said last Tuesday.
Three-quarters of the 1300 jobs created will be in construction and about 270 will be ongoing at Nectar Farms and the wind facility. The wind farm will include 56 turbines at a cost of $350million.
Environment Victoria’s Nick Aberle said the project showed the direction Australia needed to go in.
‘‘Without renewable energy this project would have been impossible,’’ Mr Aberle said.
‘‘The wind farm and storage will provide low-cost, reliable energy while creating much-needed regional jobs.’’