Renewable energy hub for Geelong


Global energy company Vestas and the State Government today (11 Oct 2018) announced the establishment of the Vestas Renewable Energy Hub in Geelong, a multi-disciplinary industry-development initiative to support and expand the Victorian renewable energy sector.

Vestas said it was committed to supporting the Victorian Renewable Energy Target through developing the Hub concept in direct response to initiatives in Victoria’s New Energy Technologies sector strategy.

The announcement follows the state government’s awarding of State support agreements to the Berrybank and Dundonnell Wind Farm projects, both of which are Vestas partners.

“These wind farms will not only drive down energy prices across Victoria, they will create jobs here in Geelong,” State Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said.

The Geelong hub will feature a full range of activities, including turbine subcomponent assembly, wind park maintenance, logistics, and advanced materials and manufacturing sciences.

The Hub is expected to create 25 new local jobs in Geelong and inject up to A$3.5 million into the local economy.

“As a premier regional port with a highly skilled workforce and world-class research facility, Geelong was the logical choice for our investment”, Vestas Wind Systems CEO & Group President Anders Runevad said.

“The Hub would not have been possible without the support of the state government and its efforts to secure competitively-priced renewable energy while maximising the positive impact on the community.

“In addition to directly creating local jobs, the Hub will also present many opportunities for regional businesses and the whole Victorian supply chain”.

The Renewable Energy Hub forms part of a multi-disciplinary industry-development initiative by Vestas, which also includes:

  • A Wind Turbine Manufacturing Facility for the assembly of 100 turbine hubs and 50 drive trains for the Dundonnell and Berrybank projects;
  • The Western Victorian Service Support Centre to service the successful VRET projects and existing Vestas projects in MacArthur and Challicum Hills;
  •  Wind Turbine Technician Training through an MOU with Federation University to support the Ballarat Renewable Training Centre (BRETC), training at least 20 technicians per year;
  • Australian Main Component Logistics and Maintenance Centre to house wind turbine major components; and
  • The Wind Carbon Research Partnership with Carbon Nexus, a Deakin University initiative to research the next generation of carbon fibre specifically for use in wind turbine blades.

To support long-term renewable energy investment in Victoria, Vestas has also signed an agreement with GeelongPort to use its shipping facilities and 40,000m2 of laydown area located at Corio Quay South.

With its regional headquarters in Victoria and the new renewable energy hub in Geelong, these initiatives demonstrate not only the strength of Vestas’ existing presence in the region, but also the company’s long-term commitment to supporting the renewable energy sector in Victoria.

About Vestas

Vestas is an energy industry's global partner on sustainable energy solutions.

It designs, manufactures, installs and services wind turbines across the globe, and with 94 GW of wind turbines in 79 countries, it claims to have installed more wind power than anyone else.

Through its industry-leading smart data capabilities and unparalleled 79 GW of wind turbines under service, it uses data to interpret, forecast, and exploit wind resources and deliver best-in-class wind power solutions.

Vestas employs more than 24,300 people globally.

Sources: Vestas and State Government media statements