A new wind farm at Kiata approved today by Minister for Planning Richard Wynne will deliver big benefits to the regional economy and provide jobs for locals.

The wind farm, if constructed will include 13 turbines, and has been developed by Clean Energy Council member Windlab. The company is seeking expressions of interest from local suppliers for labour and services.

Clean Energy Council Policy Manager Alicia Webb congratulates Windlab on reaching the development approval milestone and says it’s great to see the Victorian Government’s commitment to renewable energy in line with its 25 per cent by 2020 and 40 per cent by 2025 renewable energy targets announced on Wednesday.

At the announcement Mr Wynne said “We are in the business of supporting clean energy. It promotes a more renewable future, helps tackle climate change and supports jobs in rural and regional Victoria.”

“The world is shifting to renewable energy, and we want Victoria to be at the fore. The Kiata Wind Farm will provide enough clean energy to power more than 20,000 homes.”