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Farming and Energy combine for 1300 rural jobs in Western Vic

  • By: Farm Tender "Prime"
  • Jul 09, 2017

More than 1,300 new jobs are set to be created in Western Victoria with a massive expansion of Nectar Farms, powered by wind energy and backed by the Andrews Labor Government.

Premier Daniel Andrews today joined Minister for Energy Lily D’Ambrosio to announce that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has now been formalised for the $565 million project, which will build a huge wind farm with battery storage to power the expansion of Nectar Farms.

Backed by the Labor Government’s Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, Nectar Farms is currently undertaking Stage 1 of their major project, which will use the latest in hydroponic glasshouse and plant technology to create a 10 hectare state-of-the-art facility.

This modern facility will supply the highest quality vegetables into domestic and international markets.

Nectar Farms is now looking to start work on the $215 million Stage 2 of their expansion plans, which will develop a further 30 hectares creating 250 ongoing jobs and 300 direct and indirect construction jobs.

The co-located 196MW Bulgana Green Power Hub backed up by a 20MW battery will make the expansion a reality by providing the secure and affordable energy that Nectar Farms needs for its hydroponic greenhouses.

Adding to the wind farm building blitz in Western Victoria, the 56 turbine $35...
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