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The Dundonnell Wind Farm project is located approximately 23km north-east of Mortlake, in the Western District of Victoria, Australia.
Tilt Renewables successfully reached financial close for the project on 14 November 2018. It is anticipated that construction will begin in January 2019.

Project Overview

The inspiration for the $560 million Dundonnell Wind Farm came from a group of local land holders who were keen to host a Wind Farm on their properties. 

Tilt Renewables (then Trustpower) purchased the site from developer NewEn Australia in June 2013. The site is sparsely populated, largely made of stony rise country and predominantly used for grazing stock. 

“The inspiration for the $560 million Dundonnell Wind Farm came from a group of local land holders who were keen to host a Wind Farm on their properties.”

The site is located about 23 kilometres north-east of Mortlake, in a sparsely populated area predominantly used for grazing stock.

The wind farm will include 80 wind turbines and will be connected to the National Electricity Market (NEM) via a 38km 220kV transmission line to the Mortlake Gas Fired Power Station (MOPS).

Please find maps of the project below:

This project has obtained all planning and environmental approvals and is continuing to progress in the development phase.

The project was successful as part of the Victorian Renewable Energy Auction Scheme (VREAS), and has been awarded a Support Agreement by the State in relation to the Dundonnell Wind Farm project.

Tilt Renewables successfully reached financial close for the project on 14 November 2018. It is anticipated that construction will begin in January 2019.

Further details about the project, including copies of our newsletters and FAQs can be found below.

Project Details

The Environment Effects Statement (EES) and planning permit applications were submitted to the relevant authorities in April 2015 and the final planning approval for the wind farm was granted in July 2016 for up to 96 turbines. Approval was also granted under the commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

In December 2017, the Minister for Planning approved a variation to the maximum tip-height of the turbines, increasing this from 165m to 189m. The total number of turbines to be installed was also reduced from up to 96 to up to 88.

Please find copies of the planning permits and approvals for the project below:

An electronic copy of the main EES document is available below. If you would like to view any attachments to this document we can provide these on request.

The Dundonnell Wind Farm will produce enough clean energy each year to power about 245,000 homes and save the emission of roughly 1.3 million tonnes of carbon. This is the equivalent of removing about 440,000 cars from our roads. 

Since 2009 there have been many long running flora, fauna, heritage and other environmental assessments undertaken at the Dundonnell site. This has resulted in a wealth of documented information that previously did not exist. 

Wind farms offer many other benefits including drought-proofing farms and improving access for fire fighters through the creation of additional fire breaks.

Tilt Renewables is committed to open and honest dialogue with all stakeholders, with an aim to build and enhance community acceptance and trust in all projects and in the renewable energy industry as a whole.

As part of our community engagement, we have opened an information centre at 97 Dunlop Street, Mortlake. The centre will be open on Mondays 7am - 1pm, Thursdays and Fridays 10am - 4pm.

Your feedback is welcome if you have any concerns or believe you can provide local insight into matters which we should address as we enter this next stage of the project.

We are also committed to providing financial support to the local community through community benefit programs. Work on a community fund will begin when construction of the project commences and will be administered by a community-led group.

A Wind Farm brings many direct opportunities for employment to the region during both the construction phase and ongoing operations once the Wind Farm is commissioned. 

Flow on employment benefits are also achieved as the project brings demand for local business services and consumer goods. Most regions have a range of businesses that will provide services to a wind farm project. 

These include:

  • Domestic scale electricians;
  • Transport operators;
  • Competent machine operators;
  • General labourers;
  • Quarries; and
  • Concrete businesses.

The Dundonnell Wind Farm will directly employ 200 staff during the construction period, which will be up to three years. Economic assessments indicate the multiplier effect will sustain around 1595 jobs per year throughout this construction period. Once operational, the proposed Dundonnell Wind Farm will employ 10 full-time staff during its 25 year operation

To register interest in providing goods or services for the Dundonnell Wind Farm project please click here and complete the form. 

Alternatively, you can contact us using our details provided below.

For further information on the Dundonnell Wind Farm please contact the project team at [email protected] or on 1800 122 823.

If you have a complaint, please contact us at [email protected] or on 1800 306 118.

You can find Tilt Renewables' Complaints Handling Procedure here. Whilst a copy of the Dundonnell Wind Farm Compliants Management Plan is available below: