The project, which is likely to become operational in late 2014, will include 64×2.05MW REpower MM92 wind turbines.

Mt Mercer, which is Meridian’s third project in Australia, will generate enough electricity to power the city of Ballarat and brings the company’s total operating portfolio in the country to 201MW.

Meridian Energy CEO Mark Binns said the company conceives Australia as the prominent market to export its capabilities and expertise in wind power development.

"Through innovative contractual arrangements and close co-operation with our partners, we have demonstrated that new renewable energy projects can be successfully delivered.

"In particular, the Federal Government’s RET Scheme has provided a strong financial incentive to invest in wind farms in Australia.

"The Mt Mercer development will also support the entry of Powershop into the Australian retail market in Victoria. This is a great opportunity for Victorians to support renewable energy and experience Powershop’s unique online offering," added Binns.