John Laing Group (“John Laing”), the international active investor and partner behind responsible infrastructure, is pleased to announce that the Cherry Tree Wind Farm has delivered first generation to the National Electricity Market. The Cherry Tree Wind Farm is located approximately 15km south-east of Seymour, Victoria and is being constructed by renewable energy developer Infigen Energy and international wind turbine manufacturer Vestas.

The first generation marks a significant milestone for the project, and will be followed by the final phase of work that involves the final testing of all turbines and wind farm control systems, before the wind farm is brought into full operation.

Despite the ongoing challenges of operating under COVID-19 restrictions, the project remains on track. A Pandemic Response Plan has been implemented and site-specific controls and measures have been implemented to ensure the safety of all staff.

Once the wind farm is complete, Infigen will purchase the electricity that the wind farm generates and on-sell it into the grid. Vestas will also provide operational and maintenance services to the project for 30 years.

Commenting on the milestone, Regional Managing Director Justin Bailey said, “I am delighted that we have been able to reach this key milestone which is testament to the hard work of our colleagues during these challenging times. I would also like to thank our delivery partners Vestas and AusNet, whose major efforts have also made this possible.

Cherry Tree Wind Farm is a key asset in our renewable portfolio. When operational, the expected annual electricity output will be enough to power the equivalent of 37,000 homes and significantly reduce the CO2 emissions in the area. We are committed to developing critical infrastructure projects in Australia that improve the lives of the communities in which we operate and it is great to know that our projects are contributing to a more sustainable future for the people of Victoria.”