Cherry Tree

Cherry Tree wind farm development project is located near Seymour, Victoria in the area originally inhabited by the Taungurung people. John Laing Group (John Laing) own the project. Infigen will manage the construction for John Laing, and once the wind farm is complete Infigen will purchase 100% of the electricity generated from the wind farm.

Construction update

Good progress has been made at site with the completion of all site roads and the wind turbine foundation bases. The main contractor Vestas and their infrastructure contractor Zenviron are progressing on schedule to complete all remaining infrastructure works including the completion of the substation and the site operations and maintenance building by December 2019.

The grid connection works commenced in September, this involves construction of a 6km 66kV overhead line providing the vital connection for the wind farm to the AusNet distribution network. The overhead line works are progressing well with over 50% of the overhead line completed. Works on the grid connection will be completed over the summer.

The latest development during September has been the commencement of the delivery and installation of the wind turbine components along with the delivery of the substation control building. The wind turbine components are being delivered to the site from the Port of Geelong. Delivery of the wind turbine components to site will continue throughout summer.

Due to the sheer size of the turbine components, the loads will be transported individually using specially designed trucks. Each truck will be accompanied by escort vehicles for additional safety measures. The deliveries should all be completed by December 2019. It will take approximately 9-10 trucks to deliver each turbine.

All main turbine deliveries will arrive at site via the Goulburn Valley Highway, onto Kobyboyn Road and into Homewood Road before accessing the main site.

The installation of the first of the 16 wind turbines was completed on the in early October, Vestas continue to make good progress with the wind turbine installation works which are scheduled for completion in March 2020.

Notices and Newsletters

Fact Sheet

Community Newsletter – July 2019

Traffic Notice

Key statistics

Capacity 57.6 MW
Wind turbines 16
Equivalent NSW homes powered
37,000
Grid connection voltage 66 kV
Power purchase agreement (electricity & LGCs) 100% sold to Infigen Energy
Tower height (hub height) 91 metres
Tower material Steel
Rotor diameter 136 metres
Employment during construction 80 jobs
Employment during operation 5 jobs

Community Update

Cherry Tree Wind Farm and the team at John Laing and Infigen have already been involved in several local community initiatives through sponsorship of the Seymour Show, Seymour Performers Workshop, Seymour District Arts Society – Art Beyond the Divide, Trawool CFA, Seymour FM community radio, Tallarook Primary School, Friends of Tallarook Pool and Tallarook Cricket Club. The project team sponsored and attended a stall at the Seymour Show, the day was a great success with plenty of positive feedback from the community.

Development

The Cherry Tree wind farm project will comprise 16 wind turbines, a substation, access tracks and an electrical collection system of underground and overhead cables on the land of four host landowners. The wind farm will have an installed capacity of  57.6MW, which can generate enough electricity to supply ~37,000 Victorian homes a year.

The Planning Permit for the Cherry Tree wind farm was received from the Mitchell Shire Council in November August 2013, with a modification approved in November 2018.

Construction timetable

Cherry Tree wind farm will be built under an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract by international wind turbine manufacturer Vestas.

The project construction time is approximately 17 months and full commercial operation is targeted to be in the first half of 2020.

Contact

Please direct any inquiries to the Project Team:
24/7 telephone line: 1800 917 372, or by email at cherrytree@infigenenergy.com.au

Potential suppliers to the Cherry Tree wind farm should contact Vestas at: https://www.vestas.com/en/about/vendor_information#!