RWE is working to develop a renewable energy project at Campbells Bridge, in the Wimmera region of western Victoria.
The proposal is for a wind farm of about 145 turbines to be built at Campbells Bridge, about 15 kilometres north-west of Stawell and 11 kilometres south of Rupanyup, in the Northern Grampians and Yarriambiack shires.
The project boundary incorporates about 14,000 hectares, which is predominantly modified farmland used for cropping and grazing. These farming activities could continue if the wind farm is constructed.
The project is expected to generate close to 1,000 megawatts (MW), which is enough electricity to power about 700,000 Victorian homes.
RWE has been conducting wind monitoring at the site since April 2022. The project has recently moved from the feasibility stage to the more detailed planning and approvals phase, which will take between two and four years. This includes specialist studies into factors such as cultural heritage, transport, noise, shadow flicker, ecology (fauna, flora), surface and ground water, visual, social and aviation.
RWE is committed to working with the community to help shape this project and we have been meeting with residents, community groups and other stakeholders.
A shop front will soon be open in Stawell as a place for community members to learn more about the project and provide feedback, as well as pop-up information hubs at Glenorchy and Rupanyup. Further details will be shared with you early in the new year.
Project status: Planning and approvals. Engaging with the community and undertaking studies
Operation: Targeting 2029