Challicum Hills wind farm celebrates 10th anniversary

4 November 2013

Pacific Hydro is celebrating 10 years of successful operation at our Challicum Hills wind farm at Ararat this November.

The project was one of the first to be built under the Renewable Energy Target and was the largest wind farm in the southern hemisphere at the time of construction.

The project has been a success on many levels. Since starting operation, it has generated enough electricity to power around 25,000 Victorian homes each year and saved more than 1.5 million tonnes in carbon emissions. Over its 25 year life span, the wind farm is expected to abate carbon pollution by more than 3.5 million tonnes.

For the community, the Sustainable Communities Fund has distributed $438,000 to 175 projects within the Ararat Rural City since 2005. Projects have included a community garden established by the Ararat Landcare Group, funding to assist the Lake Bolac community bus, water conservation at the Buangor community sports facility, an upgrade of the Willaura primary school, and funding for the local Men’s Shed to help disengaged school students learn manual activities while being mentored.

The project has also provided an opportunity for local students to learn about renewable energy.

The Challicum Hills wind farm has become a visible symbol of the community’s commitment to sustainability and a healthier environment for current and future generations. Many local contractors helped to build the wind farm and it continues to provide jobs for the local community to this day.

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