Made up of 140 3MW turbines, the Macarthur Wind Farm is currently the largest wind farm in the southern hemisphere and represents an investment of approximately $1 billion. It is located approximately 16km east of the township of Macarthur in Western Victoria.
It has the capacity to generate enough clean, green energy to power the equivalent of approximately 220,000 average Victorian households per year and also save approximately 1.7 million tonnes of greenhouse gases per year.
Leighton Contractors and Vestas were engaged by AGL to construct the wind farm. Vestas is also continuing to play an important role in the ongoing operations of the wind farm. As the world's largest manufacturer of wind turbines, Vestas bring state of the art technology, quality and reliability to the project to ensure the wind farm's success over the longer term.
The Macarthur Wind Farm is contributing towards the Federal Government's expanded Renewable Energy Target which aims to have 20% of the country's electricity generated from renewable sources by 2020.