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Introduction | Victorian wind power laws | Installed wind power | Wind power generation in Victoria | Wind farms by location | Wind farms in Victoria | Wind farms by region | Links | Index

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Installed wind power in Victoria | Wind farms by region | Colour coding for wind farm status | Other proposed wind farms

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Operating Victorian wind farms | Wind power generation in Victoria | Example wind power generation graph

Maps

Wind resource map of Victoria | Ararat | Baillieu's no-go zones | Bald Hills | Baynton | Ben More | Lexton | Penshurst | Pykes Hill | Stockyard Hill | Waubra

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Introduction

 
The campaign Yes2Renewables also has pages on wind power in Victoria.
Climate change is the greatest threat facing the world today; wind generated electricity is one of a number of ways that we can reduce our reliance on fossil fuel-generated electricity and therefore reduce our greenhouse gas production and limit climate change.

Wikipedia gives some information on proposed and operating wind farms in Victorian.

 
Wind Resource Map of Victoria
Wind resource Vic
Key: Average yearly wind speed (metres per second at 65 metres above ground)
Wind resource Vic legend
Acknowledgement to Sustainability Victoria
The oldest operating wind turbine in Victoria, and in Australia, is the Breamlea Wind Turbine, on Black Rock Road in Geelong. It turned 25 years old in November 2012. Its installed capacity is 60kW, the same as those of the now dismantled Salmon Beach Wind Farm in Esperance, Western Australia.

The map on the right is a wind resource map of Victoria. It shows that the best wind resources are along the southern coast and in the higher altitude areas. Most of Victoria's wind farms are being built along the southern coast and around the Ballarat, Ararat, Hamilton area (SW of Ballarat).

Victoria has some of the best wind resources of Australia. The policies of the Howard Government stopped these resources from being developed (none of the wind farms built before 2008 were large, and the total installed capacity in February 2008 was around 130MW. The situation did improve for a time, but in early 2011 Victoria had only 428MW of installed wind power against South Australia's 1150MW.

Liberal party opposed to climate change action

In August 2011 the Victorian Liberal government placed in force new laws that will make further wind power development very difficult. To make matters worse, the Liberal Government have also promised to drop the 10% by 2016 renewable energy target.
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Significantly, no new wind farms had been proposed by July 2012, showing that the Liberal government had effectively stopped wind power development in Victoria.

Labor not much better?

Also in July 2012 Shadow Minister for Energy, Lily D'Ambrosio, refused to commit to repealing the laws that have stopped wind power development in Victoria when Labor eventually gets back into government.




 
Edited 2014/03/01

Laws affecting wind power developments in Victoria

 
It seems that there is an Australia-wide trend for the Liberal party to be aiming at no action on climate change.
An apparently unintended consequence of the new Victorian laws was to force the construction of several wind farms before expiration of planning approval granted under the old laws.
In July 2012 it had been noted in the media that no new wind farm proposals had been lodged in Victoria since the new laws came into force.
In late August 2011 the Victorian government listed a number of no-go areas where wind farms would not be allowed, a number of 'major regional centres' where wind farms would not be allowed within 5 km, and a law against any wind turbine being constructed within 2 km of any house without the consent of the home owner.

These laws make it harder to build a wind farm in Victoria than to start a coal mine, extract coal-seam gas, or build a fossil-fuel-fired power station. Victorians do not have any right to veto new power lines, highways, coal mines or any other industrial or mining developments within similar distances of their homes. This seems to be a law enacted by a government that wants to stop wind power development and support the existing fossil-fuel power industry.

Friends of the Earth Victoria spokesman, Cam Walker, estimated that the new laws have stalled or prevented the development of planned wind farms worth up to $955 million. He said that at least nine farms promising up to 580 construction and 57 permanent jobs were affected.

No wind power zones
Map from the office of ALP MP Brian Tee
Wind farms cannot be built in any of the coloured areas under the Baillieu rules.
More at Yes2Renewables

Hepburn Wind published this revealing comment:
"all five community wind proposals that we are aware of fall within these new [no-go] zones. Somewhat ironically, all six of Victoria's coal fired powered stations are located in so called no-go zones."
So apparently Victoria's new government is happy to have coal mines and coal-fired power stations, but against renewable energy!

 
Hazelwood coal mine fire, February 2014
Hazelwood fire
It seems that the Victorian Liberal government are quite happy to have coal mines in this area, even when they are run incompetently, but wind turbines are against the law. Does the reader see any ethical problems with laws like this?
Image credit 350.org
Detail of the changes to the laws is available here.

Extract from 'VC82 Explanatory Report.pdf'; the land below may not have a wind farm built on it:

  • all land covered by the Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Ranges planning schemes
  • land described as the Bellarine Peninsula, being the area that is covered by the Queenscliffe planning scheme and that part of the Greater Geelong planning scheme east of the Surf Coast Highway and south of the Princes Highway
  • land described as the Great Ocean Road region, being land within five kilometres of the high water mark of the coast between the Surf Coast Highway in the east and Warrnambool in the west in the Warrnambool, Moyne, Corangamite, Colac Otway, Surf Coast and Greater Geelong planning schemes
  • land in the Macedon and McHarg Ranges, being all land covered by the Macedon Ranges planning scheme, all land west of the Hume Freeway and the Goulburn Valley Highway in the Mitchell planning scheme, and all land bounded by the McIvor Highway and the Calder Highway/Freeway in the Greater Bendigo and Mount Alexander planning schemes
  • land within five kilometres of the high water mark of the coast in the Bass Coast planning scheme and South Gippsland planning scheme west of Wilsons Promontory
  • land within five kilometres of major regional cities and regional centres specified in the Regional Victoria Settlement Framework in the State Planning Policy Framework being Mildura, Swan Hill, Echuca, Shepparton, Benalla, Wangaratta, Wodonga, Horsham, Ararat, Ballarat, Greater Bendigo, Hamilton, Portland, Warrnambool, Colac, Geelong, Moe, Morwell, Traralgon, Sale and Bairnsdale (the prohibition in these locations does not apply to a Wind energy facility integrated as part of the development of the land where the land is in a residential zone, industrial zone, business zone or special purpose zone).
At one to two kilometres people will be able to hear the turbines at times, and they might find the sound objectionable.

These new laws will make it very difficult for any new wind farm to be built in Victoria. It would be reasonable for people in quiet country areas who are to have wind turbines built within 2 km of them to have some say in the matter, or to receive some financial compensation, depending on the level of sound that they may be subjected to.

People have no right to veto the building of a nearby highway; is it right to give them the power of vetoing the building of a wind turbine at a time when the world is in dire need of more renewable energy to combat climate change? If this law is to remain in force there is at least a need for the wind farm proposer to have some sort of a right to appeal unreasonable demands by home owners.

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Updated 2011/12/11

Installed wind power in Victoria


Installed wind power in Victoria – by wind farm
As of November 2013
Wind farmMWCommissioned
Challicum Hills 52.52003
Codrington 18.2June 2001
Leonards Hill 4.1June 2011
Macarthur 420Feb. 2013
Morton's Lane 19.5Dec. 2012
Oaklands Hill 63.0Feb. 2012
Portland Cape Bridgewater58.0Nov. 2008
Cape Nelson South 44.0Mid 2009
Yambuk30.0 May 2007
Toora21.0 2002
Waubra 192.0Oct. 2009
Wonthaggi 12.0Dec. 2005
Total934.3 
Operating Victorian wind farms, megawatts
As of December 2011
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This section written 2012/01/01

Wind power generation in Victoria

 
Wind power generation in Victoria
Only those farms whose generation data are given by AEMO
Generation in Victoria
Total 132MW
Data up to end 2012
Unfortunately the Australian Energy Market Operator only provides data from the larger of Victoria's wind farms. I do not have generation data for: Codrington, Toora and Wonthaggi wind farms.

The AEMO data is not clear about exactly what is included in 'Portland'. It seems to include only Cape Bridgewater and Cape Nelson South wind farms. At some times and in some places Codrington and Yambuk (also Pacific Hydro and nearby) are included in 'The Portland Wind Project'.

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This section written 2011/04/26


Wind farms by location

Below is a conceptual map of Victoria. The numbers in each cell are the Latitude and Longitude, the main town in the area is shown in the cells. Placing the mouse over the highlighted bits will show which wind farms are in that area, clicking will allow you to get to the details of those wind farms. Similar sections are in the pages on NSW and SA and WA.

Alternatively see the Wind farm by region section or Ben Courtrice's excellent page on Google Maps.

34,141
Cullulleraine
34,142
Mildura
35,141
Cowangie
35,142
Ouyen
35,143
Swan Hill
35,144
Koondrook
36,141
Nhill
36,142
Horsham
36,143
St Arnaud
36,144
Bendigo
36,145
Shepparton
36,146
Wangaratta
36,147
Mitta Mitta
37,141
Casterton
37,142
Hamilton
37,143
Ballarat
37,144
Melbourne
37,145
Warburton
37,146
Licola
37,147
Bairnsdale
37,148
Orbost
37,149
Mallacoota
38,141
Portland
38,142
Warrnambool
38,143
Colac
38,144
Geelong
38,145
Wonthaggi
38,146
Welshpool
38,147
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The status of the wind farms below is correct, so far as I know, in April 2011.

Lat 36, Long 143 – St Arnaud
Berrimal, proposed.

Lat 37, Long 142 – Hamilton
Ararat, proposed; Morton's Lane, proposed; Oaklands Hill, proposed; Penshurst, proposed; Salt Creek, proposed.

Lat 37, Long 143 – Ballarat
Ben More, proposed; Challicum Hills, operating; Chepstowe, proposed; Crowlands, proposed; Lexton, proposed; Mount Mercer, proposed; Stockyard Hill, proposed; Waubra, operating.

Lat 37, Long 144 – Melbourne
Baynton, proposed; Lal Lal, proposed; Hepburn, operating; Moorabool, proposed; Pykes Hill, proposed; Sidonia Hills, proposed; Yaloak, proposed.

Lat 38, Long 141 – Portland
Cape Bridgewater, operating; Cape Nelson, part operating; Cape Sir William Grant , proposed; Codrington, operating.

Lat 38, Long 142 – Warrnambool
Drysdale, proposed; Hawkesdale, proposed; Macarthur, construction; Mortlake, proposed; Ryan Corner, proposed; Sisters, proposed; Woolsthorpe, proposed; Yambuk, operating.

Lat 38, Long 143 – Colac
Berrybank, proposed; Mount Gellibrand, proposed; Naroghid, proposed.

Lat 38, Long 144 – Geelong
Winchelsea, proposed.

Lat 38, Long 145 – Wonthaggi
St Clair, proposed; Wonthaggi, operating.

Lat 38, Long 146 – Welshpool
Bald Hills, proposed; Devon North, proposed; Toora, operating.

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Wind farms in Victoria

Ararat
Bald Hills
Baynton
Ben More
Berrimal
Berrybank
Cape Bridgewater
Cape Nelson
Cp. Sir Will. Grant
Challicum Hills
Chepstowe
Cherry Tree
Codrington
Coonooer Bridge
Crowlands
Devon North
Drysdale
Hawkesdale
Hepburn
Lal Lal
Leonards Hill
Lexton
Macarthur
Moorabool
Mortlake
Mortons Lane
Mount Gellibrand
Mount Mercer
Naroghid
Newfield
Oaklands Hill
Penshurst
Portland
Pykes Hill
Ryan Corner
Salt Creek
Sidonia Hills
Sisters
St Clair
Stockyard Hill
Toora
Waubra
Waubra North
Willatook
Wonthaggi
Woolsthorpe
Yaloak
Yambuk
Yarram
Other proposed wind farms
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Updated 2012/01/31

Wind farms by region

Alternatively see Wind farms by location or Ben Courtrice's excellent page on Google Maps.

Note that the wind farms listed here as proposed or approved will not necessarily ever be built. You can't be sure that anything is going to be built until it starts happening.


Cape Bridgewater
Cape Bridgewater Wind Farm, under construction



Colour coding for
wind farm status
Proposed
Development application lodged
Approved
Under construction
Operating



Note: Latitudes and Longitudes are given below in decimal degrees. They are given to two decimal places because this defines the location to ±1km; a wind farm is a large thing and typically covers a number of kilometres.
RegionWind farmStatus
Ararat AraratProposed
Challicum Hills Operating
CrowlandsApproved
Ballarat BayntonProposed
Ben MoreProposed
HepburnOperating
Lal LalApproved
LextonApproved
Mount Mercer Approved
Sidonia Hills Proposed
Stockyard Hill Approved
Waubra Operating
YaloakApproved
BendigoBerrimalApproved
Colac Mount Gellibrand Approved
Gippsland Bald HillsApproved
Devon North/Yarram Approved
TooraOperating
WonthaggiOperating
Hamilton/
Portland/
Warrnambool
CodringtonOperating
MacarthurConstruction
Cape Bridgewater Operating
Cape Nelson North Proposed
Cape Nelson South Operating
DrysdaleApproved
HawkesdaleApproved
Portland wind projectn/a
Ryan CornerProblem
Salt CreekApproved
YambukOperating
Oaklands HillConstruction
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Updated 2013/08/28

Ararat Wind Farm

 
Ararat Wind Farm location
Wind farm location from RES's news letter

The Ararat Advertiser reported on 2013/08/27 that construction will start in September – from an announcement by RES Australia. It is to be built about nine kilometres north-east of Ararat.

This RES project is close to another wind farm, proposed by Pacific Hydro, at Crowlands.

RES has a page on the proposal; a newsletter is also available from this page. The project received approval from the Minister on 2010/10/22.

Community funding

It was reported in the Stawell Times, 2013/08/27, that "It is expected $75 000 will be made available each year through the [community] fund, which is offered on a voluntary basis by RES Australia for the operational life of the wind farm, with funding decisions to be made by a local committee.

Ararat Wind Farm summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MWConstruction date Lat.Long.
Approved75Up to 3.3Up to 247.5 September 2013Approx. S 37.23°E 142.99°
It is planned that the wind farm will be fully operational by 2016.
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Updated 2014/06/05

Bald Hills Wind Farm


 
Bald Hills map
Acknowledgement: map from Wind Power
 

Stock and Land, June 2014

Two turbines have been completed in the northern section, near Tarwin Lower.
Mitsui and Co. has a Net page on this wind farm.

The sight of this proposed wind farm is near Tarwin Lower, 20 kilometres west of Wilsons Promontory and 150km SE of Melbourne.

This is the wind farm that became famous for being at first blocked by Federal Environment Minister Ian Campbell because of a alleged threat to the endangered orange bellied parrot, and then OKed when it became apparent that the proposed wind farm posed no threat to the parrot.

Bald Hills summary data
Status# TurbinesMW each Total MW CompletionProject cost Lat. Long.
Construction522.05106.6 Early 2015?Estimated Aus$250 million Approx. S 38.86°E 146.00°

Additional data on Bald Hills
The following changes have been made to minimise the impact of the wind farm
Turbine makeSuzlon
Closest (non-project) residence944m from nearest turbine
Closest turbine to Wetland ReserveApp. 300m
Closest turbine to Cape Liptrap Coastal Park450m
Closest turbine to coast
in vicinity of Cape Liptrap Park
2000m
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Updated 2012/02/08

Baynton Wind Farm

This wind farm was owned by Transfield Services Infrastructure Trust, but all their wind power assets were taken over by Ratch Australia Corporation.
 
Map
The wind farm will be in the vicinity of Baynton, Glenhope, Glenhope East, and Baynton East on the map. Map credit Transfield
It is proposed that the Baynton Wind Farm will be on the hills about 10km SW of Tooborac, 30km NE of Kyneton and 40km east of Castlemaine, and it is expected to cost around $325 million.

Transfield have said that "Initial studies suggest that the site is well suited for the development of a wind farm. Wind speeds in the area ideal for harnessing this renewable energy source."

Transfield intended to produce regular newsletters on the progress of the project; some of the information on this page is from their first newsletter. A 'community Open House' to inform people of the project, was held on October 28th 2010 at the Tooborac Hall.

The wind farm site straddles the boundary between Mitchell and Macedon Ranges Shire Councils.

Summary data, Baynton Wind Farm
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MWConstruction date LatLong
Proposed50 to 702 to 3?150?Unknown S 37.10°E 144.70°
The number and size of turbines has not been decided
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Updated 2012/11/25

Ben More Wind Farm

 
Map
The wind farm will be in the vicinity of the 'D' of DIVIDING on the map, and north of it. Map credit Transfield
This project was owned by Transfield Services Infrastructure Fund, but their wind power assets were taken over by Ratch Australia Corporation.

It is proposed that this farm will be about five kilometres south of Amphitheatre, nine kilometres NW of Lexton and 50km NW of Ballarat and it is expected to cost around $250 million.

Transfield have produced a booklet and intend to produce regular newsletters on the progress of the project; most of the information on this page is from these sources.

The area is within the district of the Pyrenees Shire Council. A 'community Open House' to inform people of the project, was held on August 12th, 2010 at the Amphitheatre Community Hall.

Transfield say that "the land on which the Ben More Wind Farm would be developed is privately-owned farmland used primarily for sheep grazing. The site has been chosen for the following reasons:

  • It has an excellent wind resource
  • There are few residences in close proximity to the site
  • The site is close to a the electricity grid, reducing the length of the transmission line
  • Preliminary environmental studies indicate a low impact on the environment
  • Support for the development from local communities
The wind farm would have little impact on farming activities, allowing the land to remain productive for the long term."

Wind data have been collected from two wind monitoring towers for several years.

Over the six months up to October 2010 Transfield studied: flora and fauna, noise and visual impacts, cultural heritage implications, traffic, aeronautical and telecommunications implications.

Transfield hope to receive approval for the project by late 2011.

Summary data, Ben More Wind Farm
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MWConstruction date LatLong
Proposed50 to 602 to 3?About 130Unknown S 37.24°E 143.41°
The number and size of turbines has not been decided

Further data on Ben More Wind Farm
Tower heightUp to 90m
Turbine blade lengthUp to 50m
Greenhouse CO2 abatedAbout 400 000 tonnes per year

Transfield Services' Project Manager for Ben More is Nick Valentine, his phone number is (02) 9963 9924 and email is valentinen@transfieldservices.com.

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Updated 2013/01/11

Berrimal Wind Farm

 
Acciona announced on 2012/11/29 that it was going to submit a fresh planning application to Buloke Shire for 23 of its new 3MW turbines.
Acciona Energy has proposed this wind farm 70km NW of Bendigo about 16km west of Wedderburn and 19km south of Charlton; they have a Net page on the project.

Acciona stated that it would comply with Victorian Government requirements for turbines to be at least two kilometres from residences.



Berrimal Wind Farm summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MWConstruction date Lat.Long.
Proposed23369 UndecidedApprox. S 36.53°E 143.46°

The two kilometre requirement applies to wind farms but not to coal mines, fossil fuel-fired power stations and other fossil fuel industries and seems to follow Liberal policy designed to favour the fossil fuel industry over renewables.
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Updated 2013/08/13

Berrybank Wind Farm

This large wind farm is proposed by Union Fenosa Wind Australia (UFWA) who have a Net page on their projects and have produced several newsletters.

Berrybank is about 15km east of Lismore, ten kilometres west of Cressy and 40km north of Colac; the wind farm will be close on the eastern side of Berrybank. UFWA has a map of the proposed wind farm in its newsletter of October 2009.

UFWA has estimated that "up to 240 full-time jobs will be created during the 12 to 14 month construction period" and "up to 25 full-time permanent staff for the lifespan of the project".

The Newsletter for August 2013 announced "early works construction" will begin in August.

Berrybank Wind Farm summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MWConstruction date Lat.Long.
Construction89 to 951.8 to 2.5180 to 210 August 2013Approx. S 38.00°E 143.54°
The coordinates above are for Berrybank.

Further data on Berrybank Wind Farm
Capital costApprox. $480m
Greenhouse gas abatementEstimated at 910 000t CO2/yr
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Updated 2013/06/17

Cape Bridgewater Wind Farm


 
Cape Bridgewater turbines
Turbines of Cape Bridgewater Wind Farm
Located on Cape Bridgewater about 20km west of Portland. There are two sections to this farm, a northern and a southern. The wind farm is built on coastal stable sand-dune country.

Pacific Hydro has a Net site on the project.

Visiting Cape Bridgewater

For anyone interested in visiting or photography, there are some good vantage points on a public road quite close to the northern section of the wind farm. When the southern section is built access would be similarly good there. When I visited, the weather was poor for photography (mainly overcast).

Community funding

Pacific Hydro established a Community Fund of $50 000 per year for Cape Bridgewater. As Cape Nelson South Wind Farm is nearby a combined fund of $90k for the two was created when that project was constructed. As of September 2010 the total distributed was $280k.

Cape Bridgewater summary data
Status# TurbinesManufacturerModelMW each Total MWCommissionedLat.Long.
Operating29REpowerMM82258November 2008 S 38.38°E 141.39°

Further data from Pacific Hydro...
Annual generation198GWh
Capacity factor38.3%
Greenhouse gas savingUp to 250 000 tonnes
Windmills2MW REpower
Project costAus$130 million
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Updated 2014/08/08

Cape Nelson Wind Farm

Located on Cape Nelson about 10km SW of Portland, Cape Nelson Wind Farm is divided into a north and a south section. Pacific Hydro has a Net site on the Wind Farm.

Cape Nelson South summary data
Status# TurbinesManufacturerModelMW eachTotal MW CompletionLat.Long.
Operating22REpowerMM82244 June 2009S 38.41°E 141.54°

Erection of turbines in Cape Nelson South commenced in September 2008, the turbines are Repower and they operate at wind speeds of from 3.5 to 25m/s. The towers were manufactured by Keppel Prince Engineering, the turbines are REpower 2MW units.

Cape Nelson North summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MWExpected completion date Lat.Long.
Under construction112.0522.55April 2015 Approx. S 38.39°E 141.52°

The turbines at Cape Nelson North will be REpower.

See Pacific Hydro's Net site for more details.

Community funding

As Cape Bridgewater Wind Farm was nearby, a combined fund of $90k for the two was created when Cape Nelson South was constructed. As of September 2010 the total distributed was $280k.





 
Updated 2014/08/08

Cape Sir William Grant Wind Farm

Located about 5km south of Portland in mixed industrial, grazing, and coastal heath reserve land.

Cape Sir William Grant summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MW Expected completion dateLat.Long.
Under construction122.0524.6 April 2015S 38.40°E 141.63°

The turbines at Cape Sir William Grant will be REpower.

See Pacific Hydro's Net site for more details.

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Edited 2013/06/17

Challicum Hills

This wind farm is located on a north-south trending line of hills west of Ararat, 190km WNW of Melbourne, in western Victoria. For an interactive map and/or directions to Challicum Hills go to ExplorOz.

Pacific Hydro has a Net site on the Wind Farm.


Challicum Hills turbines
Challicum Hills Wind Farm (turbines faintly visible along sky-line) from The Grampians before sunrise.
This photo was taken from Boroka lookout, which is about 62km from the turbines.


Challicum Hills summary data
Status# TurbinesManufacturerModelMW eachTotal MW Annual production CommissionedCapacity factorLat.Long.
Operating35NEG MiconNM641.552.5140 GWh2003 29%S 37.40°E 143.11°
The information in this table came from a variety of sources including Pacific Hydro.
The capacity factor was calculated from AEMO data from March 2009 to December 2012 via the Andrew Miskelly's Net pages.


 
Challicum Hills turbines
Challicum Hills Wind Farm
Photo taken in April 2008


Further data from Pacific Hydro, the owner and operator of Challicum Hills Wind Farm...
AvailabilityNo figure
Wind generatorsNeg Micon
Expected life25 years
Project costAus$76 million
Power purchase agreementOrigin
Greenhouse gas savingEstimated at 180 000 tonnes CO2 p.a.

Visiting Challicum Hills Wind Farm

There is no public access to the range where the turbines are. This is a pity, it greatly diminishes the potential for good views. However, there is a sign-posted scenic drive around the range and there are a couple of spots along this from which fair views can be had.

Andrew Bray's video

Andrew Bray produced a video in which Challicum Hills farmer Graeme Maconachie explains why he is proud to have wind turbines on his farm.

 
Generation record
Generation record
Up to end 2012

Generation record for Challicum Hills

The graph on the right shows the power generation record for Challicum Hills Wind Farm as recorded by AEMO (Australian Energy Market Operator) and downloaded via the ALG (Australian Landscape Guardians) Net site. The units are average megawatts generated month by month.

Community funding

Pacific Hydro established a Community Fund of $50 000 per year for Challicum Hills; this equates $1429 per turbine per year. As of September 2010 the total distributed was $280k.

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Chepstowe Wind Farm

Future Energy has lodged plans for a very small wind farm at Chepstowe, 30km west of Ballarat. If built it will be on land at 346 Carngham-Streaton Road. Future Energy has a Net page on the project.

Victoria's Planning Minister announced that he had approved the project on 2011/05/18.

Chepstowe Wind Farm summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MWConstruction date Lat.Long.
Approved3Up to 26? UndecidedApprox. S 37.58°E 143.52°
The coordinates above are for Chepstowe township

The information above was extracted from an article by Emily Sobey in the Ballarat Courier on 2010/02/21. Quoting the article:

"Pyrenees Shire Mayor David Clark said a few local residents were concerned about the Chepstowe proposal but council's initial view was that it was a "very simple" proposal. "The landholder's property is a kilometre away and there are no other properties within 2km," Cr Clark said. "It's a very small development, nowhere near the infrastructure (of other wind farms). You have three turbines right beside a normal power line so there are no sub-stations."
The capital cost of the project is expected to be around $18 million.
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Updated 2013/11/27

Cherry Tree Wind Farm

 

News, 2013/11/26

Infigen announced that VCAT (Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal) had approved the wind farm.
This wind farm has been proposed by Infigen. It seems that Infigen do not have a Net site giving information about the project. This is very poor practice. They should be making every effort to inform the community about the wind farm.

It was rejected by Mitchell Shire on the grounds that it "failed to demonstrate a net community benifit". It seems that the shire's planning staff recommended that the project be approved. This issue will be pursued in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal beginning in the end of January 2013.

Summary data, Cherry Tree Wind Farm
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MW Construction dateLat.Long.
Approved163?48? UndecidedApprox. S 37.13°E 145.11°
The coordinates above are very uncertain

Additional data on Cherry Tree Wind Farm
Owner/operatorInfigen
Capital cost$100m
Tower height100m
Blade length59m
Total height159m

Some of the above data was extracted from the records of the Mitchell Shire, some from an article in The Australian, and some from elsewhere.





 
Edited 2013/06/17

Codrington Wind Farm

 
Codrington turbines
Codrington turbines from the northwest early on a grey morning
Located near Port Fairy on Victoria's south west coast (260km east of Melbourne), Codrington was Pacific Hydro's first wind farm development, and I believe, the second substantial wind farm in the eastern states of Australia (after Windy Hill Qld.) The turbines are spread along the top of a stable sand dune paralleling, and close to, the Southern Ocean. For an interactive map and/or directions to Codrington go to ExplorOz.

Pacific Hydro has a Net site on the Wind Farm.

Sustainability Victoria in a document titled "Wind energy myths and facts" of May 2007 reported 1.2 bird deaths per turbine per year at the Codrington Wind Farm.

Pacific Hydro celebrated Codrington's tenth anniversary on World Environment Day, Sunday 5th June, 2011.

Visiting Codrington

While the Princes Highway passes within a few kilometres of the wind farm it is not possible to get close to the turbines on any public roads. I believe tours are available. Perhaps the best views from a public road can be seen from a short no-through-road off the highway toward the sand dunes at the NW end of the wind farm.

Note that this wind farm is adjacent to Yambuk Wind Farm, with no obvious boundary between the two.


Codrington summary data

Status# TurbinesManufacturerMW eachTotal MW Annual productionCompletedLat.Long.
Operating14AN Bonus1.318.251GWhJune 2001 S 38.28°E 141.96°
The information in this table came from a variety of sources including Pacific Hydro.
Also see Pacific Hydro's page on Codrington.


Further data from Pacific Hydro, the owner and operator of Codrington Wind Farm...
Capacity factor32%
Availability98%
Wind generatorsAN Bonus
Project costAus$30 million
Power purchase agreementOrigin
Greenhouse gas savingEstimated at 71 000 tonnes CO2 p.a.
Tower height50m
Rotor diameter62m
Start-up wind speed3m/sec, 10.8km/hr
Shut-down wind speed25m/sec, 90km/hr

Community funding

Pacific Hydro established a Community Fund of $50 000 per year for their two adjacent wind farms, Codrington and Yambuk; this equates $1471 per turbine per year. As of September 2010 the total distributed is $280k.
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Edited 2013/10/17

Coonooer Bridge Wind Farm

Giles Parkinson wrote about this project on Renew Economy 2013/06/12. There is a Net page.

The five-turbine project was approved by the Buloke Shire Council shortly before. If built it will be between the towns of Charlton and St Arnaud, about 90km north-west of Bendigo. It is notable for two reasons:

  1. It is the first wind farm to be approved in Victoria since the Baillieu Government introduced very restrictive planning policies in 2011.
  2. It has a hybrid community/corporate ownership structure.
30 owners of property within three kilometres of the wind farm have agreed to take up a share of the project, which is being organised by Coonooer Bridge Wind Farm Pty Ltd. Windlab is the majority stakeholder.

Further information from Luke Osborn of WindLab 2013/06/20 and the Net page 2013/10/17:
Probable turbine capacity2.75-3.2 MW
Latitude36.436
Longitude143.362
Earliest construction dateFirst quarter of 2014
Likely construction periodLess than a year

The wind farm is south of Charlton and east of Wedderburn.






 
Updated 2013/08/09

Crowlands Wind Farm

Also known as Glenlofty Wind Farm

 

News; 2013/08/07

ABC On-line news reported that construction had started (had it not, Pacific Hydro would have lost planning approval).
Pacific Hydro has proposed this wind farm for a site 25km NE of Ararat in western Victoria. (Ararat is 190km WNW of Melbourne.) The turbines will be along the ridgeline between Glenlofty and Crowlands.

The Ararat Advertiser carried an article on 2010/08/20 stating that "Planning Minister Justin Madden this week granted planning permits for the proposed Crowlands Wind Farm".



Crowlands summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MWConstruction started Lat.Long.
Under construction412.0584 August 2013Approx. S 37.13°E 143.16°


Further data on the Crowlands Wind Farm
Project costAus$100 million
Sustainable community fund$80 000/yr
Expected generation257GWh/yr


The information in these tables came from a variety of sources including Pacific Hydro.
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Updated 2012/02/28

Devon North Wind Farm

Also known as Yarram Wind Farm

The site of this proposed wind farm is about 10km NW of Yarram and 20km from the coast in south Gippsland. The nearest large town is Traralgon, 44km to the north, and it is 170km ESE of Melbourne. Synergy is the proposer of this wind farm.

Some of the data below was from Dept. Primary Industry, Victoria. There seems to have been no activity on this project for several years.

Devon North (Yarram) summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MW Construction dateLat.Long.
Proposed7214 UnknownApprox. S 38.50°E 146.55°

The Gippsland Times reported that a requested extension of planning approval was regected by the Wellington Shire Council; late February, 2012.
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Drysdale Wind Farm

Also known as Purnim



There seems to have been little or no activity on this project for several years (as of October 2008).

The developer is Wind Farm Developments who have a Net site on the wind farm.

The wind farm is to be 3km north of Purnim, which is about 17km NE of Warrnambool and 220km SSE of Melbourne.

Much of the data below was from Dept. Primary Industry, Victoria.



Drysdale Wind Farm summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MWConstruction date Lat.Long.
Approved132.330Undecided Approx. S 38.28°E 142.62°
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Updated 2013/05/10

Hawkesdale Wind Farm

 
Hawkesdale Wind Farm
Hawkesdale Map
Map credit Union Fenosa Wind Australia
 

Update 2013/05/10, pers. com. Thomas Mitchell, Legal Manager, Union Fenosa

Union Fenosa has called for 'information-only tenders'. During the second stage of tendering UF aims to give local businesses ample notice and information to enable them to compete. The project requires a power purchase agreement before it can proceed.
I believe the proponents were originally Gamesa Energy Australia and TME Australia P.L., but Union Fenosa later took over the project. The proposed wind farm is 50km SE of Hamilton and 30km NW of Warrnambool.

Around the end of 2012 the Ryan Corner project was combined with Hawkesdale to form a single project. (See below.)

A newsletter from Union Fenosa Wind Australia (UFWA) that I received 2012/05/11 said that 'early works' were completed. Early works include and entrance road and a fenced site compound including an office and toilet.

The email address for inquiries is info@unionfenosa.com.au, telephone number 1800 457 181 or 02 8297 8720; the contact person is Tom Mitchell.

The area has been substantially cleared and is currently used for grazing. The site is generally bound by the Woolsthorpe-Heywood Road and the Penshurst-Warrnambool Road. It is dissected by a disused rail reserve in the eastern part.

In early 2012 Union Fenosa had a problem due to their allowing the permit to lapse. On 2012/02/25 the Warrnambool Standard announced that Planning Minister Matthew Guy had approved the project. The Standard went on to report that "Union Fenosa managing director Domingo Asuero said the company would provide site possession to Portland-based GR Carr Construction. He said early works on the sites would start within weeks."



Hawkesdale Wind Farm summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MWFull construction worksCompletion dateLat.Long.
Under construction31262 Late 2013UnknownApprox. S 38.12°E 142.34°


Additional information on Hawkesdale
Project costAround Aus$130 million
Annual generationEstimated 163GWh
Annual CO2 abatementEstimated 332 thousand tonnes
Tower height78m
Rotor diameter87m
Blade length43.5m
Total height121.5m

Forced commencement

This is one of several Victorian wind farms where construction had to start by mid March 2012 or approval would have to be sought again under the new laws. Approval under the new laws would be very unlikely.


The ABC on-line news carried the following on 2008/08/25...
"The Victorian Government has confirmed a 68-turbine farm at Ryan's Corner, near Port Fairy, and a 31-turbine farm near Hawkesdale, will go ahead."
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Updated 2013/04/30

Lal Lal Wind Farm

 

News

Neelima Choahan wrote an article in the Ballarat Courier on 2013/04/30 reporting that civil works (earth moving) had commenced on the Yendon site. WestWind Energy managing director Tobi Geiger said "Hopefully, next summer ... we will be building a concrete slab for maintenance and building foundations for the wind turbines."
This proposed wind farm will be in the vicinity of Lal Lal, 25km SE of Ballarat. There will be two sections, one just north of Elaine (south of Lal Lal, 40 turbines) and the other east of Yendon (north of Lal Lal and 24 turbines).

The proposer is WestWind, from whose Internet pages (especially 'http://www.w-wind.com.au/html/LLPOverview.htm', which is no longer available) most of this information came.

Westwind has a planning permit for the wind farm. On 2011/12/11 Westwind's Net pages gave the latest news was an application to amend the planning permit lodged on 2011/01/21. On 2011/11/15 the Melton-Leader online news reported that Lal Lal would proceed unchanged after the amendment application was rejected by the state government. The modification would have increased the tip height from 130m to 150m and increase generation by 50%.



Lal Lal summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MW Completion dateLat.Long.
Approved642-3128-192 2015 expectedS 37.71°E 144.01°


Further data on Lal Lal Wind Farm...
Wind farm sections
NameLat.Long
ElaineS 37.76°E 144.00°
YendonS 37.64°E 144.02°


The developers have stated that they expect council rates to be $215 000 per year.

Community funding

The proposed community fund is $50 000 per year, or $781 per turbine per year.
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Updated 2012/07/07

Hepburn Community Wind Farm
Also known as Leonards Hill Wind Farm

 

Hepburn given World Wind Energy Award at Bonn

At the invitation of the World Wind Energy Association Taryn Lane of Hepburn Wind gave a presentation at the World Wind Energy Conference in Bonn, Germany, in July 2012. Congratulations to Hepburn Wind on receiving this prestigious award!
This community wind farm has a Net page at Hepburn Wind. It is 27km NE of Ballarat and 10km south of Daylesford at Leonards Hill.

Both turbines were raised in March 2011. Hepburn announced that power started flowing from their turbines to the power grid on 10.20am of 2011/06/22.


Leonards Hill Wind Farm summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MW Completion dateLat.Long.
Operating22.054.1 2011/06/22S 37.43°E 144.12°

 
Leonards Hill Wind Farm
Leonards Hill Wind Farm
Generation from the wind farm is expected to be about 12.2GWh per year and capacity factor around 34%.

Community funding

Hepburn Wind has allocated $15k per turbine per year to their Community Sustainability Fund in the financial year commencing 1 July 2011. This will be increased by CPI annually and is expected over the first 25 years to exceed $1 000 000.

Hepburn's community fund is far greater, per turbine, than any other in Australia. Simon Holmes à Court, Chairman of Hepburn Wind, has said that "this is the first time a wind farm in Australia will be paying more to the community than it does in lease payments".

See my notes on Community wind farm, or not? elsewhere.

In order to increase my personal experience with being close to wind turbines I slept a night about 500m from these turbines on the night of 2012/11/17-18.
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Updated 2012/08/28

Lexton Wind Farm

Lexton Wind Farm summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MW Construction dateLat.Long.
Project abandoned19238 UnknownApprox. S 37.31°E 143.48°


Lexton Map
Lexton Wind Farm location
Acknowledgment Wind Power
The developer is Wind Power, which is fully owned by Origin. Lexton is about 43km NW of Ballarat and 140km WNW of Melbourne. The wind farm site consists of two distinct areas between 2km and 8km SW of the township of Lexton, see map at the right.

Much of the data here was from Dept. Primary Industry Victoria, and "http://www.wind-power.com.au/Projects/Lexton/index.asp" (which as of 2011/12/11 redirects to Stockyard Hill) and ABARE.

I've heard on the grapevine that Origin have decided to not procede with this project (2012/08/28).

Additional data on Lexton Wind Farm
Annual generation137GWh expected
Capital costAus$110 million
Turbine ModelRepower MM92 (2MW)
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Updated 2013/08/01

Macarthur Wind Farm

 

No change in infrasound levels

Business Spectator reported on 2013/07/25 on a Resonate Acoustics study indicating that infrasound levels were the same before and after the commissioning of the Macarthur Wind Farm.
Macarthur Wind Farm is the biggest in Australia (as of Nov. 2012) and the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere so far as I have been able to find out (although Stockyard Hill Wind Farm, which has received Government approval, will be bigger if and when it is built). In November 2012 all of the Macarthur turbines were in place and most were generating power. The first of the Macarthur turbines started generating power on the weekend of 2012/09/29-30.

Macarthur is 33km south of Hamilton and about 270km west of Melbourne; the wind farm will be 12 to 15km east of Macarthur.

Macarthur summary data
Status# TurbinesManufacturerModelMW each Total MWCompletedLat.Long.
Operating140VestasV1123.0420 Early 2013Approx. S 38.04°E 142.20°

The wind farm was constructed by a Vestas/Leighton Contractors consortium. AGL will acquire all of the wind farm's energy output and renewable energy certificates. It has been connected to the Heywood-Mooralbool 500kV transmission line by a new 14km line.

Further data on Macarthur Wind Farm
Project costAus$1b, estimated
Average wind speed7.6m/s
Expected capacity factor35%
Turbine height84m
Maximum blade tip height140m
Length of on-site access tracks90km
Length of underground cables90km
Total concrete used56 000 cubic metres (estimated)
Steel reinforcing used8 000 tonnes
Greenhouse carbon dioxide avoided1.7m tonnes per annum, estimated
The above information was taken from the AGL Net site

The Vestas V-112-3.0MW turbines will be equal in generating capacity to the highest elsewhere in Australia (Waterloo WF, SA), and the rotors will be greater in diameter than any in Australia (Waterloo has 90m diameter rotors, compared to the 112m rotors of Macarthur). They will reach their full generating capacity at a wind speed of about 11m/s. The swept area is 9 852m2, almost a hectare; the blades will be 54.6m long.

Macarthur turbines
A few of the Macarthur wind turbines

 
Macarthur Wind Farm – turbines operable
Number of turbines on-line
The number of turbines operational and capable of generating electricity at Macarthur Wind Farm
Image credit: Vestas
The graph on the right records the start-up period of Macarthur Wind Farm. Note that as soon as all the turbines were on-line for the first time (about 2013/01/08) there were only very short periods when one or possibly two turbines were not operable.

This is a remarkable demonstration of the reliability of Vestas turbines. What other industry would show such a high level of availability on brand-new machines?

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Updated 2010/11/09

Moorabool Wind Farm

The developer is West Wind PL and, if built, the farm will be 25-30km southeast of Ballarat and south of Ballan. It is proposed that the wind farm will be in two sections. The Bungeeltap Section, to the north, is proposed to contain 58 wind turbines, and the Ballark (sometimes called Mt Wallace) section, to the south, is proposed to contain 70 turbines.


Moorabool Wind Farm summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MWConstruction date Lat.Long.
Approved1072 to 3.3225 to 350 UndecidedApprox. S 37.71°E 144.11°

This project was approved by the Victorian Government in late October 2010.

Further data on Moorabool Wind Farm
Rotor diameterUp to 104m
Total heightUp to 150m (to tip of blade)
Expected annual generation784GWh
Expected project costAus$750m

The proposed wind farm is within the local government district of Moorabool. On 10th Nov. 2010 the Melton/Moorabool Leader reported that Moorabool Mayor Pat Toohey said it was the shire's policy that the turbines should be at least 2km from homes, but the permit conditions gave a minimum distance of 1km.
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Updated 2013/01/12

Mortlake Wind Farm

 
Location of Mortlake wind farms
Mortlake location
Map credit Acciona
Originally Acciona Energy proposed that this wind farm consist of two parts, Mortlake East about 9.5km east of Mortlake, and Mortlake South about 5km south of Mortlake. On 2011/11/28 The Warrnambool Standard printed and article stating that the Mortlake East section had been abandoned by Acciona, but that they intend that the Mortlake South section go ahead. Acciona are expecting a cost of around $200m.

Acciona has a Net page on the project. They have a dedicated Community Liaison Co-ordinator for Mortlake; Tracey Ward can be contacted on 1800 283 550 or mortlake@acciona.com.au

Mortlake is 42km NE of Warrnambool. There are two sections to the proposed wind farm; Acciona calls them Mortlake East (about 9.5km east of Mortlake) and Mortlake South (about 5km south of Mortlake); see the map on the right.

Acciona received approval for the South section of the proposed wind farm, Mortlake South Wind Farm, in October 2010.

Community funding

Acciona have not responded to my inquiry regarding community funding at Waubra; perhaps, unlike a number of other companies, they don't provide any?

Mortlake South Wind Farm summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MWConstruction date Lat.Long.
Approved512.1?Approx. 200 UnknownS 38.15°E 142.85°

Mortlake East Wind Farm summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MWConstruction date Lat.Long.
AbandonedUp to 502.1?Approx. 200 UnknownS 38.07°E 142.98°
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Updated 2013/06/17

Morton's Lane Wind Farm

Also known as Woodhouse Wind Farm



NewEN Australia has some involvement in this project; it is a subsidiary of two German companies. The Chinese company Goldwind did own this project, but sold its interest to China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group subsidary CGN Wind Energy. The wind farm is to be 12km NE of Penshurst which is 26km SE of Hamilton and 230km west of Melbourne.

Goldwind have (had?) a Net page on the project. Reuters published an article on 2012/06/29 stating that Goldwind had sold the project to CGN Wind Energy Ltd.

Recharge ("the global source for renewable energy news") announced on 2011/12/14 that construction began "in October, with turbine installation due in the first half of next year".

Morton's Lane Wind Farm summary data
Status# TurbinesManufacturerModelMW each Total MWCompletedLat.Long.
Operating13GoldwindGW821.519.5 December 2012?Approx. S 37.84°E 142.41°

Goldwind GW82, 1.5 MW turbines have been used. According to Ecogeneration, these will be 'Permanent Magnet Direct Drive' turbines. Goldwind expects that the wind farm generate up to 66.7 GWh of power annually (from which one can calculate a capacity factor of 39%).

The wind farm started putting electricity into the national grid in November 2012.

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Updated 2013/01/12

Mount Gellibrand Wind Farm

Also called Colac Wind Farm?

This proposed wind farm will be in the vicinity of Mount Gellibrand, 22km NE of Colac, 16km west of Winchelsea and about 110km SSW of Melbourne. It was given initial planning approval by the Victorian Minister for Planning, Rob Hulls, on August 20th, 2006.

 

Forced commencement

This is one of several Victorian wind farms where construction had to start by mid March 2012 or approval would have to be sought again under the new laws. Approval under the new laws would be very unlikely.
On 2012/01/25 Acciona announced that final approval had been received and that construction would begin on March 15. Acciona has a Net page on the project.

Reported in The Warrnambool Standard, 2012/01/26:

Acciona Energy generation director Brett Wickham said the farm would create about 200 jobs during construction and 16 ongoing positions once it was operational. He said up to 10 of the 149-metre turbines would be built within two kilometres of homes and could have been affected if the plant had been proposed under the new planning regime. "The project would have been less viable because these projects are marginal and essentially we could have less turbines to pay off what is a significant investment in (power) grid connection and other things," Mr Wickham said.

The project has changed hands twice. Acciona, the current owner, has an email address for inquiries: gellibrand@acciona.com.au.

Mount Gellibrand summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MW Completion dateLat.Long.
Under construction633189 ?Approx. S 38.23°E 143.80°
The coordinates are those of Mount Gellibrand
I requested a completion date from Acciona on 2013/01/12.

Additional data on Mount Gellibrand Wind Farm
Height to blade tip149.9m maximum
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Updated 2014/09/11

Mount Mercer Wind Farm

 
Photos by John P. Morgan, received 2013/09/20
Turbine erection
Turbine erection
This wind farm is south of Mount Mercer and 35km south of Ballarat (turn off the Midland Highway at Buninyong and go directly south) and was given planning approval in April 2007.

Meridian Energy, a NZ company, and West Wind Energy were the proponents for this project; there was a Net page.

It was announced on 2014/09/11 that the wind farm was fully operational and connected to the grid.

The site is relatively flat except for two volcanic cones: Mt Mercer and Mt Lawaluk. The land is used primarily for grazing and cropping. There are seven host landholders and the site area is 2 600ha.


Mount Mercer summary data
Status# TurbinesManufacturerModelMW eachTotal MW CompletedLat.Long.
Operating64REpowerMM922.05131 September 2014S 37.85°E 143.87°


Further data on Mount Mercer Wind Farm...
Project
CostAus$260 million
Expected generationUp to 395GWh per year
Expected life25 years
Turbines
TypeEnercon E82
Height of towersUp to 85m
Rotor diameter82m
Total height of turbines, to blade tipExpected 126m
Spacing of towersAround 400m

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Updated 2012/03/16

Naroghid Wind Farm

The developer is Wind Farm Developments. Naroghid is between Camperdown, Terang and Cobden, and about 50km NNE of Warrnambool and 180km WSW of Melbourne.

Some of the data below was from Dept. Primary Industry, Victoria. There is a Net site by Wind Farm Developments.

Wind Farm Developments had until 2012/03/15 to start work on the project, but having failed to do so, lost the approval that they previously held. (Warrnambool Standard, 2012/03/16.)



Naroghid Wind Farm summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MWConstruction date Lat.Long.
Proposed21242Unknown Approx. S 38.26°E 143.04°





Newfield Wind Farm

The Warrnambool Standard carried an article on 2012/02/24 stating that Acciona Energy have abandoned this project. Construction expense, geographic location and changed economic conditions were cited as reasons for the decision.

This project has been proposed by Acciona Energy and is intended to be built about eight kilometres north of Port Campbell. Acciona's development director is Andrew Thomas. The timeline for construction is not finalised but it is anticipated that work will extend over several years. (From The Warrnambool Standard, 2011/07/30)

The planning permit for the Newfield Wind Farm was granted in August 2008 and an extension was granted by Corangamite Shire extending the original permit to 2012/03/15 (and expiring on 2014/03/15). David Clarke, Senior Manager, Stakeholder and Community Relations with Acciona Energy, also said (pers. com) "ACCIONA Energy has undertaken extensive work and commissioned numerous studies and engaged in consultation with relevant authorities over the past six months in order to prepare the Development Plan. ACCIONA Energy submitted a Development Plan for the Newfield Wind Farm to Corangamite Shire in June 2011. It is anticipated that the Development Plan will be approved by the end of 2011."



Summary data, Newfield Wind Farm
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MW Lat.Long.
Project abandoned15?22.5 Approx. S 38.55°E 143.00°
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Updated 2013/06/17

Oaklands Hill Wind Farm

Also known as Glenthompson Wind Farm

 
Some of the Oaklands Hill turbines
Oaklands Hill WF
AGL did own this wind farm, but have apparently sold it to Challenger Life. (From the Warrnambool Standard, 2011/06/28, and Sydney Morning Herald, 2011/07/04.) It was built on a series of ridgelines 3 to 5km south of Glenthompson and about 50km east of Hamilton in western Victoria. The area has been cleared for grazing, the hills round and grassy, and the ridges have a variety of orientations. AGL's Net site includes a map showing the layout of the farm.

Suzlon S88 2.1MW turbines are used and the estimated capital cost of the project was Aus$200m.

ABC On-line news reported on 12th March 2010 that "The State Government fast tracked [the wind farm] last year because it will be used to offset the emissions of the new desalination plant in Wonthaggi."

Oaklands Hill Wind Farm summary data
Status# TurbinesManufacturerModelMW eachTotal MW Completion dueLat.Long.
Operating32SuzlonS882.163 2012/02/28Approx. S 37.68°E 142.55°
32 × 2.1 does not equal 63; total output is capped at 63MW, "which allows for at least one turbine to be off-line at any time for service or maintenance"

Victorian Energy and Resources Minister Peter Batchelor turned the first sod on the site on 2010/03/19.

Windlab Systems has a Net page on the project and Suzlon, who are supplying the turbines, have a downloadable pdf file. Suzlon have taken responsibility for most of the construction, including roads, turbines and electrical system, as well as maintenance once the farm is operating. All the 26km of electrical cable within the farm is to be underground.

Further data on Oaklands Hill Wind Farm
Turbine height80m
Max blade tip height124m
Length of on-site access tracks26km
Length of underground cables26km
Concrete10 240m3
Steel for towers5460t
Greenhouse gases saved each year185 000t
 
The above data were taken from AGL's Net pages
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Updated 2012/02/06

Penshurst Wind Farm

RES have a Net page on the project. If built it will be about 3km SW of Penshurst and about 10km SE of Hamilton in the shires of Southern Grampians and Moyne. On the Net page "RES is now in the process of completing the required environmental assessments for the project and intends to submit the planning permit application for the proposed wind farm and associated infrastructure in early 2012." (A year or more earlier they were saying exactly the same thing with an 'early 2011' date.)

Penshurst Wind Farm summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MWConstruction date Lat.Long.
Proposed223?3?675?Unknown S 37.91°E 142.19°

 
Penshurst Map
Map credit RES

There was an article about the project in The Warrnambool Standard on 15th Nov. 2010. It stated that RES propose up to 225 turbines and that they will be 175m from base to blade tip.

RES intend to lodge the planning permit application in the first quarter of 2011.

The Liberal Government elected in late November 2010 have changed the laws to not allow wind turbines to be built within two kilometres of residences not financially connected to a wind farm. This project would have to be of questionable viability should it not be built before this law comes into force.


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Updated 2014/08/07

Portland Wind Energy Project

 

News August 2014

Completion for Cape Nelson North and Cape Sir William Grant was expected by April 2015.
This big wind farm project is being built by Pacific Hydro in several stages. Yambuk, Cape Bridgewater and the southern section of Cape Nelson Wind Farm are up and running. Yet to be built is the northern section of Cape Nelson and Cape Sir William Grant Wind Farm. Nearby is the older Codrington, also owned by Pacific Hyrdro, but apparently not considered a part of the Portland Wind Energy Project.

Pacific Hydro say that this "project will produce enough clean electricity to power about 125 000 homes... That's equal to more than 7% of Victoria's residential electricity demand or powering a city the size of Geelong."

Portland wind project (stages 1 to 3 completed; 4 under construction)
Stage1231, 2 & 34
Wind farmYambuk Cape Bridgewater Cape Nelson South Total operating Cape Nelson North Cape Sir William Grant Total of Stage 4
Installed MW30 58 44 132 22.6 24.6 47
Cap. fac.31%C.B. and C.N.S. combined – 37%
The capacity factors are calculated from AEMO data up to December 2012 via Andrew Miskelly's Net page.
 
Generation record
Generation record
Up to end 2012

Generation record for Portland

The graph on the right shows the power generation record for Cape Bridgewater and Cape Nelson South Wind Farms as recorded by AEMO (Australian Energy Market Operator) and downloaded via the ALG (Australian Landscape Guardians) Net site. The units are average megawatts generated month by month.
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Updated 2011/12/11

Pykes Hill Wind Farm

This very small wind farm is proposed by Future Energy PL, who have applied for planning approval. Future Energy had a Net page (http://www.pykeshillwindfarm.com.au/project.html) on the project, but as of 2011/12/11 it was no longer available.

Pykes Hill Wind Farm summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MWConstruction date Lat.Long.
Abandoned32?6?Never S 37.58°E 144.28°

 
Pykes Hill Map
Map from Future Energy PL

It is proposed that the farm will be just to the north of the Western Highway, six kilometres NE of Ballan and about 37km east of Ballarat.

The planning application was lodged in January 2010.

Abandoned!

On 2011/09/02 an article was published in the Ballarat Courier (written by Jennifer Grieve) stating that "Future Energy has abandoned its plan to build three wind turbines at Pykes Hill". Future Energy's managing director David Shapero "said Future Energy planned to take its renewable energy developments interstate".
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Updated 2013/05/10

Ryan Corner Wind Farm

Also called Ryan's Corner Wind Farm

 
Ryan Corner Wind Farm
Ryan Corner Map
Map credit Union Fenosa Wind Australia
 

Update 2013/05/10, pers. com. Thomas Mitchell, Legal Manager, Union Fenosa

Union Fenosa has called for 'information-only tenders'. During the second stage of tendering UF aims to give local businesses ample notice and information to enable them to compete. The project requires a power purchase agreement before it can proceed.
Planning Minister Matthew Guy announced that construction had started in March 2012.

The email address for inquiries is info@unionfenosa.com.au, telephone number 1800 457 181; or 02 8297 8720; the contact person is Tom Mitchell.

Around the end of 2012 the Ryan Corner project was combined with Hawkesdale Wind Farm to form a single project. See below.

On 2012/02/25 the Warrnambool Standard announced that Minister Guy had approved this project. The Standard went on to report that "Union Fenosa managing director Domingo Asuero said the company would provide site possession to Portland-based GR Carr Construction." The Standard reported that "Many of the turbines will be erected on [Yambuk farmer Kieron] Moore's property, situated north-east of Yambuk."

The proponent is Union Fenosa Wind Aust. The proposed wind farm is 12km NW of Port Fairy, near Yambuk and Codrington.

The site covers an area of approximately 3 600ha and comprises twelve land holdings. It has been substantially cleared and is currently used for grazing. It is generally bound by the Port Fairy-Hamilton Road, Fingerboard Road, and Shaw River. It is dissected by Riverside Road and Harris Road.



Ryan Corner Wind Farm summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MWFull construction works Completion dateLat.Long.
Under construction672134Late 2013Unknown Approx. S 38.28°E 142.14°


Additional information on Ryan Corner
Project costUp to Aus$300 million
Annual generationEstimated 360GWh
Annual CO2 abatementEstimated 332 thousand tonnes
Tower height78m
Rotor diameter87m
Blade length43.5m
Total height121.5m

Forced commencement

This is one of several Victorian wind farms where construction had to start by mid March 2012 or approval would have to be sought again under the new laws. Approval under the new laws would be very unlikely.


The ABC on-line news carried the following on 2008/08/25...
"The Victorian Government has confirmed a 68-turbine farm at Ryan's Corner, near Port Fairy, and a 31-turbine farm near Hawkesdale, will go ahead."

Ryan Corner and Hawkesdale combined into one project

Thomas Mitchell of Union Fenosa provided the following on 2013/02/08:
"Ryan Corner and Hawkesdale are essentially a single project, as they are now advanced to a similar stage and both have been fully-permitted to proceed with construction. Both will connect to the national electricity grid at Tarrone using common transmission and connection infrastructure, both will be constructed by the same head contractor (either simultaneously or in succession), both will commence operations simultaneously, and both will sell their electricity to a single customer under a power purchase agreement (PPA) contract. We now regard the two projects, for all practicable purposes, as a single project.

Ryan Corner Development Pty Limited (a subsidiary of UFWA) became the owner of both the Ryan Corner and Hawkesdale projects through a merger that we completed last year, and it has been making a combined offering in power purchase agreement negotiations with customers for our electricity. It will be able to offer a larger, single contract to the head contractor, which will create greater economies of scale during construction and make both sites easier to project manage during the construction phase.

The projects will take about 14 months to build, and we need to be wary of the project delays that another record-breaking wet winter might entail."

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Updated 2014/05/01

Salt Creek Wind Farm

Also known as Woorndoo Wind Farm

The developer was NewEN Australia, but they sold the project to Trust Power whose Net page stated that construction had been paused but completion was expected in March 2015.

The wind farm is to about 20km north of Mortlake, which is 42km NE of Warrnambool and 190km SSW of Melbourne. It was given planning approval in June 2007; as of October 2008 that seems to be the last information made public by NewEN Australia.

Sarah Scopelianos wrote an article for the Weekly Times on 2012/01/05 stating that internal road works were expected to start in March (2012), with completion due by the end of 2014.

ABC On-line News carried an article dated 2012/02/29 which said that Moyne Council had approved amended permits the previous night.

Some of the data below was from Dept. Primary Industry, Victoria.

Salt Creek Wind Farm summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MWConstruction date Lat.Long.
Under construction103?About 30March 2012 Approx. S 37.92°E 142.79°
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Updated 2009/06/05

Sidonia Hills Wind Farm


The developer is Roaring 40s who have been investigating the Sidonia Hills site since 2004. An email I had from infoaustralia@roaring40s.com stated that Roaring 40s expected to submit a planning application in late 2009. Direct inquiries to the above or to SidoniaHills@roaring40s.com.

The site is about 10km NE of Kyneton, which is about 60km NE of Ballarat.

Roaring 40s first newsletter states that: "The site is particularly well suited to wind farming because, among other things:

  • The area is sparsely populated
  • The land has been changed and cleared for grazing
  • The landowners are supportive of the development
  • Transportation and grid connection options are available."
The predominant current use of the site at present is for grazing.

Roaring 40s has a Net page on the project. Their home page is http://www.roaring40s.com.au/. They released a newsletter on this project in August 2008; this reported that they intend to submit their planning application in late September and that they expect a determination by the Minister in early 2009.

Sidonia Hills Wind Farm summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MWConstruction date Lat.Long.
Proposed34268Undecided Approx. S 37.17°E 144.55°


Further data on Sidonia Hills
Project data
Project costAus$130-150 million
Greenhouse gas savingEstimated at 250 000 tonnes CO2 p.a.
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Updated 2011/12/11

Sisters Wind Farm

Sisters Wind Farm has been proposed by Wind Farm Developments and, if built, will be about 10km west of Terang. Wind Farm Developments have a not very informative Net page on the project.

As of 2011/12/11 there seems to have been little activity on this project for several years.

Moyne Shire Council declined planning permission and Wind Farm Developments has appealed the decision to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) (sources close to the project, 2009/08/20).

Sisters Wind Farm summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MWConstruction date Lat.Long.
Proposed?12224MWUnknown Approx. S 38.24°E 142.80°
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Updated 2010/11/18

St Clair Wind Farm

Synergy Wind PL has an unusually informative Net page on the farm (most of the information is found via the "site analysis" link). It is proposed to be in West Gippsland 5km east of the existing Wanthaggi Wind Farm.

The Leongatha Southern Star carried an article on the proposal on 2010/11/16. According to the article the site is bordered by Lynnes, Kirrak and Shepherd roads. Bass Coast Council planning director Hannah Duncan-Jones, said council officers had met with Synergy Wind representatives ahead of them lodging a planning application. She said Synergy Wind had committed to running workshops to tell the community about the wind farm. These will be held early next year.

St Clair Wind Farm summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MWConstruction date Lat.Long.
Proposed10 to 152 or 3?30Unknown Approx. S 38.60°E 145.65°

Victorian parliamentarian (MLA) Ken Smith, who lives about 1km from the proposed wind farm, seems to be leading the local opposition.

Further data on St Clair Wind Farm
Average wind speed8m per second
Tower height80m
Overall height120 to 130m
Tower diameterBase 4-5m, top 2.5m
BaseConcrete 3m thick, 12m diameter on driven concrete piles
Turbine blades3, variable pitch about 41m long, fibre glass
Rotation rate10 to 25 revolutions per minute
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Updated 2012/09/09

Stockyard Hill Wind Farm


 
Stockyard Hill location
From Wind Power's July 2008 newsletter
Note that the number of turbines has since been changed.
Wind Power (fully owned by Origin) have proposed this farm between Beaufort and Skipton, and about 40km west of Ballarat.

The Wall Street Journal published the following on 2013/01/16:

"Origin is continuing development works through 2013, including securing the transmission line easements. This work will inform Stockyard Hill's final technical design as well as the timing of any final investment decision on the project"
This was a quote from an Origin spokesman.

I had the following from a reliable source on 2012/04/11:

"After panel hearings and advice, [Stockyard Hill Wind Farm] was radically cut by Minister Justin Maddern in Nov. 2010 from 242 turbines to 157 for 2 reasons: the threat to a brolga population and the pressure from one Peter Mitchell who owns the historic Mawallock property which was in line of sight."


Stockyard Hill Wind Farm summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MWConstruction date Lat.Long.
Approved1573471Undecided Approx. S 37.56°E 143.39°

If this project goes ahead in the near future it will be the biggest wind farm in Australia and probably in the Southern Hemisphere.

Further information on Stockyard Hill Wind Farm
Project costAus$1b
Jobs during construction665
Full time jobs30
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Updated 2011/07/04

Tarrone Wind Farm


Owned by Union Fenosa Wind Australia Tarrone Wind Farm is intended to be 25km North of Pt Fairy; there is a map of the project in the newsletter of March 2011. It is expected that Tarrone will share the same grid connection with Hawkesdale and Ryan Corner wind farms. It is expected that "up to" 30 jobs will be created in the construction period, and five full time jobs for the life of the wind farm.

Union Fenosa seem not to have said what size turbines will be involved, but judging from other recent projects they will probably be from 2.1 to 3 MW.



Summary data on Tarrone Wind Farm
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MW Construction dateLat.Long.
Proposed20360 Not knownApprox. S 38.20°E 142.24°


Further data on Tarrone Wind Farm
Capital costEstimated $110m
Total site area1 100ha

Community funding

UFWA has stated that "the wind farm will directly fund community enhancement projects", but has not yet given any amounts.
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Edited 2013/06/17

Toora Wind Farm

Toora summary data
Status# TurbinesManufacturerModelMW eachTotal MW CommissionedLat.Long.
Operating12VestasV661.75212002 S 38.65°E 146.34°


Toora
Looking from Toora toward Wilsons Promontory at dawn
Toora is north of Wilsons Promontory and 150km SE of Melbourne. The wind farm is on a ridge overlooking the town. For an interactive map and/or directions to Toora go to ExplorOz.

Toora Wind Farm was originally owned by Stanwell Corporation, but was acquired by Transfield Services Infrastructure Fund, who bought all Stanwell's wind farms in December 2007. More recently TSIF's wind power assets were taken over by Ratch Australia Corporation

ALSTOM was contracted to design, supply, install and commission the 22/66kV substation, together with associated civil works.

Vestas Wind Systems - a Danish company, and one of the world's largest turbine manufacturers - constructed the wind farm.

I visited Toora in late April 2008, staying in the caravan park at the foot of the hill on which the wind farm is built. My impression when I was close to the turbines was that they might have been a little noisier than most others I have visited, but even so, they were barely audible from the caravan park, and then only once in a while.

Visiting Toora Wind Farm

There are good viewing and photography points on a road that passes right by the wind farm. From some of these views of the coastal plain, the Strzelecki Ranges, and Wilsons Promontory can be combined with views of the turbines. Accommodation is available in a caravan park at Toora.

Further data from Transfield, the owner of this wind farm...
Project data
Project costAus$38 million
Greenhouse gas savingEstimated at 48 000 tonnes CO2 p.a.


Toora
Toora Wind Farm; Strzelecki ranges in background
Turbine data
Rotation rate21.3 revolutions per minute
Productive wind speedsFrom 4 to 25m/sec (14km/h)
Cut-in wind speed4m/sec (14km/h)
Nominal wind speed16m/sec (58km/h)
Stop wind speed25m/sec (90km/h)
Wind generatorsVestas
Tower height67m
Tower constructionTapered steel tube in 3 sections
Tower weight117t
Tower footingsApp. 13 metres square reinforced concrete app. 1.75m deep; weight 600t
Rotor diameter66m
Blade length33m
BladesVariable pitch; made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic
Weight of rotor and blades23 tonnes


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Updated 2013/12/14

Waubra Wind Farm


 
Waubra map
Location of Waubra Wind Farm
From the Acciona Net site
This wind farm is near the small town of Waubra about 30km NW of Ballarat on the Sunraysia Highway. Part is on each side of the highway and many of the turbines can be seen from the Western Highway west of Ballarat. For an interactive map and/or directions to Waubra go to ExplorOz.

 

Noise compliance problems?

It seems that the Waubra Wind Farm is slow in complying with noise level requirements, as stressed in a speech in the Senate by John Madigan on 2013/12/10. It is not clear whether the problem is with one or several turbines and/or homes.
Waubra Wind Farm is owned by Acciona Wind Power, a sister company of Acciona Energy, and is the biggest wind farm AWP has yet built anywhere in the world. Acciona Energy has an informative Net page on Waubra Wind Farm, including a location map, and there is an article in Wikipedia. It seems that ANZ Infrastructure Services and Origin may also be part owner.

The Ballarat Courier announced on 2012/03/25 that the 48 air navigation lights on the turbine towers were going to be switched off following decisions from the Civil Aviation Authority and Minister for Planning Matthew Guy. Air navigation lights had previously been switched of at several SA wind farms (Clements Gap, Hallett and Snowtown).

The Ballarat Courier reported on 2010/11/18 that a total of seven houses in the wind farm area have been bought by Acciona. Four were bought as an initial requirement of the project's planning permit. Two were bought recently because nearby turbines were making more noise than was stipulated in the planning permit. In Feb. 2010 another property was bought from Victor and Trish Godfrey; Ms Godfrey had complained of major health problems.

Before the building of Macarthur WF several sources had published that Waubra was the biggest Wind Farm in Australia. In fact both the Hallett (total of 420MW) and Lake Bonney (total of 278.5MW) are considerably bigger than the 192MW of Waubra. Waubra was second to the Hallett wind farms (SA) in the amount of electricity actually generated, as of mid 2012.

Waubra summary data
Status# TurbinesManufacturerModelMW each Total MWCapacity factorCompletion dateLat.Long.
Operating128AccionaAW 15001.519237% Oct. 2009S 37.39°E 143.63°
Completion was sometime from June to October, it seems that there was a 'launch' of the wind farm on 2009/10/06.
The capacity factor above was calculated from AEMO data, via Andrew Miskelly's Web site, for the period August 2009 to December 2012 inclusive.


 
Waubra
Construction at Waubra on a grey Ballarat morning
 
Waubra
Some of the Waubra turbines in November 2012

 
Information on bird deaths at Waubra Wind Farm can be found elsewhere.
The turbines are in three configurations, the maximum height to the blade tip being: 109.8m, 117.1m, and 119.8m. Air navigation lights are installed on 48 of the 128 wind turbine towers.

Some controversy

The Waubra Wind Farm is one of the Australian projects to receive a lot of news coverage, at least partly because of the misleadingly named Waubra Foundation. Many of the residents of Waubra are annoyed by what they feel is the misuse of the name of their town and are considering how they might restore the situation.

Land values

Dr Sarah Laurie, the so called Medical Director (she is neither a registered nor a practicing doctor) and CEO of the Waubra Foundation, has claimed that people have been forced to abandon their homes in the Waubra area by the wind turbines. In fact Pyrenees Shire Council records show rising land values in the Waubra part of the Shire; this would not happen if the turbines were unpleasant to live near.

In the Ballarat hearing of the Senate inquiry into the impact of wind farms (2011/03/28) Councillor David Clark of the Pyrenees Shire Council said:

"We did a revaluation in early 2010, so six months after Waubra wind farm was operating. We did not see an effect on commercial agricultural land. It had moved up and our belief is there were other factors driving the price of that. We did not see an effect on the nearby township of Waubra. Prices again had moved up in the case of that township, which is about 1.2 to 1.5 kilometres away."

Two years later, in the Pyrenees Shire Council Meeting Minutes, General Revaluation of Properties, 2012; of ten areas listed under 'Residentual Properties' Waubra shows the largest rise, 10.1%. The average change of the remaining nine areas was a rise of 2.9%. The valuations are done every two years.

More on land values and wind farms can be read elsewhere.

Visiting Waubra Wind Farm

The town of Waubra is 30km NW of Ballarat on the Sunraysia Highway (highway 121). The wind farm can be seen from both the Sunraysia Highway and the Western Highway, but there are several minor roads near Waubra that can be used to get in among the turbines.

Acciona Energy is planning a wind farm viewing area on the Sunraysia Highway in Waubra. This will not be near any of the turbines and much more interesting views will be available for those who get off the highway onto the side roads.

 
Generation record
Generation record
Up to end 2012

Generation record for Waubra

The graph on the right shows the power generation record for Waubra Wind Farm as recorded by AEMO (Australian Energy Market Operator) and downloaded via the ALG (Australian Landscape Guardians) Net site. The units are average megawatts generated month by month.

Community funding

Acciona's March 2011 newsletter stated that Acciona provides $64 000 per annum to its community benefit fund; this is CPI indexed. (this equals $500 per turbine per year.)

Further data on the Waubra Wind Farm...

Civil works completedSeptember 2007
First turbine parts to arrive on siteNov./Dec. 2007
Tower erection started17th Dec. 2007
Nacelle erection started9th Jan. 2008
Turbine modelAcciona Windpower 1.5MW
Towers manufactured byKeppel Prince Engineering (Portland) and Haywards Engineering (Tasmania)
Nacelles and hubs manufactured byAcciona Windpower (Pamplona, Spain)
Blades manufactured byTecsis (Brazil)
Project costAus$326 million
Greenhouse gas savingEstimated at 635 000 tonnes CO2 p.a.
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Neil Barrett's videos

These informative videos were released around September 2013.
"Neil Barrett of Takone Projects has been researching the Waubra situation over the past year. Whilst his attempts to understand the issues raised by complainants are on-going, it has become clear to him that the apparent good health and well-being of the great majority of the community deserves to be more widely known."
The videos can be viewed at VicWind.

The Dean Report

This report was prepared by Noise Measurement Services (Dr Bob Thorne) for Mr and Mrs Noel Dean at a cost of, I believe, some $40 000. Mr and Mrs Dean live, or lived, near the Waubra Wind Farm.

In the report Dr Thorn wrote that pulsing infrasound and low-frequency sound was adversely affecting Mr Dean's health.

Sonus, a consultancy on acoustics engineering, prepared a review of 'The Dean Report' for the Clean Energy Council. The Sonus report concluded that Dr Thorn's report "cannot support its findings, and presents evidence that is contrary to those findings. The study does not include any of the minimum element required to make its findings, and as such, is fundamentally flawed."





 
Updated 2011/05/27

Waubra North Wind Farm

Proposed by Acciona, the builders of Waubra Wind Farm, this farm was to be about 9km NE of Waubra, near Evansford (and Clunes) and about 30km NNW of Ballarat.

ABC on-line News announced on 2011/05/25 that Acciona had abandoned the project due to "a lack of wind to power the turbines".

Waubra North summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MW Construction dateLat.Long.
Proposed??75 Summer 2012/13Approx. S 37.31°E 143.74°
Capacity and construction date above given by AEMO (2010/04/08)





Winchelsea Wind Farm

Also known as Inverleigh Wind Farm

This wind farm is proposed by International Power Australia who expect construction to start in 2010 and operation in 2011.

It is proposed that this wind farm will be on Mt Pollock and 10km north-east of Winchelsea and about the same distance SE of Inverleigh; both of which are near Geelong. The towers are expected to be 80m high, the blades 35m to 29m in length and the farm is expected to generate around 85GWh of electricity each year.

Much of this information came from International Power's Net site. There is also some information on Future Energy's news page.

Winchelsea summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MW Construction dateLat.Long.
Approved14228 UndecidedS 38.17°E 144.08°
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This section written 2013/09/14

Willatook Wind Farm

This wind farm has been proposed between Hawkesdale and Orford by Wind Prospect who have a Net site detailing it.

The most recent addition to the Net site seems to have been 2013/09/13; being a page of frequently asked questions.

Summary data, Willatook Wind Farm
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MW Construction dateLat.Long.
Proposed1453?435? UndecidedS 38.17°E 142.19°

Additional data on Willatook Wind Farm
Hub heightUp to 102m
Rotor diameterUp to 120m
Height to blade tipUp to 152m






 
Updated 2013/06/17

Wonthaggi Wind Farm

Wonthaggi turbines
Turbines of Wonthaggi Wind Farm
Wonthaggi Wind Farm is about 100km SE of Melbourne, 75km NW of Wilsons Promontory and 3km west of Wonthaggi town center in Gippsland, Victoria. It is owned by Origin, through Wind Power who had a Net on the wind farm, but seem to have removed it.

For an interactive map and/or directions to Wonthaggi go to ExplorOz.

One blade of one of the turbines was broken on 2012/03/21, apparently struck by lightning. See Yes2Renewables for more information.



Wonthaggi summary data
Status# TurbinesManufacturerModelMW eachTotal MW Annual productionCommissionedLat.Long.
Operating6REpowerMM8221234GWh expected December 2005S 38.60°E 145.55°


Wind 
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An example wind power generation graph, this one for August 2007, from Wonthaggi, Victoria.
Acknowledgement Wind Power

Visiting Wonthaggi Wind Farm

The foot of one turbine can be reached from Wonthaggi via Campbell and Baxter Roads, but it is necessary to go through a couple of gates. A fair view can also be obtained from a hill of mine waste via West Area Road; about Lat. S 38.59°, Long. E 145.55°.



More information on Wonthaggi
Project costAus$20.4 million
Greenhouse gas savingEstimated at 47 830 tonnes CO2 p.a.
Average wind speed at site8.2m/sec.
Actual generation in 200628.4GWh
Capacity factor for 200627%
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Updated 2014/05/01

Woolsthorpe Wind Farm

 
Location
Map
Map credit: Wind Farm Developments, NZ
Proposed by Windfarm Developments (who have a Net page on the project), this wind farm is to be built 16km north of Warrnambool and about 2km west of the township of Woolsthorpe.

An anemometry mast was erected in July 2002 and the Minister for Planning approved the farm in April 2008.

In March 2012 Planning Minister Matthew Guy announced that construction had commenced.

Forced commencement

This is one of several Victorian wind farms where construction had to start by mid March 2012 or approval would have to be sought again under the new laws. Approval under the new laws would be very unlikely.

Woolsthorpe summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MW Completion dateLat.Long.
Under construction202Approx. 40 UnknownApprox. S 38.18°E 142.40°
I inquired of Wind Farm Developments for a completion date on 2012/03/25
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Updated 2010/11/09

Yaloak Wind Farm

Also called Yaloak South Wind Farm

Yaloak is near Ballan in western Victoria. Ballan is 33km east of Ballarat and 68km west of Melbourne.

This Pacific Hydro project was originally for "70 wind turbines and was refused by Minister Hulls in July 2005 due to the potential impact of the development on the Wedge-tailed Eagle population and, to a lesser extent, visual amenity in the Parwan Valley."

This project was approved by the Victorian Government in late October 2010.

Yaloak summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MW Construction dateLat.Long.
Approved142.1?Approx. 30 UndecidedApprox. S 37.61° E 144.23°

The proposed wind farm is within the local government district of Moorabool. On 10th Nov. 2010 the Melton/Moorabool Leader reported that Moorabool Mayor Pat Toohey said it was the shire's policy that the turbines should be at least 2km from homes, but the permit conditions gave a minimum distance of 1km.
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Updated 2013/06/17

Yambuk Wind Farm


 
Yambuk turbines
Yambuk Wind Farm
Yambuk, commissioned in 2007, is the first of an intended four stages in the big Portland Wind Energy Project. For an interactive map and/or directions to Yambuk go to ExplorOz.

Pacific Hydro has a Net site on the Wind Farm.

Visiting Yambuk

While the Princes Highway passes within a few kilometres of the wind farm it is not possible to get close to the turbines on any public roads. A road from the township of Yambuk to some coastal lakes provides a fair view of the south-eastern end of the wind farm. The photo on the right was taken from this area.

Note that this wind farm is adjacent to Codrington Wind Farm, with no obvious boundary between the two.

Yambuk summary data
Status# TurbinesManufacturerModelMW each Total MWCommissionedCapacity factorLat.Long.
Operating20NEG MiconNM72C1.530May 2007 31%App. S 38.33°App. E 142.04°
Capacity factor calculated from AEMO data, from January 2009 to December 2012 inclusive, via Andrew Miskelly's Net pages.

Yambuk Wind Farm is located adjacent to the older Codrington Wind Farm and about 15km west of Port Fairy. The information in these tables came from a variety of sources including Pacific Hydro.

 
Generation record
Generation record
Up to end 2012

Generation record for Yambuk

The graph on the right shows the power generation record for Yambuk Wind Farm as recorded by AEMO (Australian Energy Market Operator) and downloaded via the ALG (Australian Landscape Guardians) Net site. The units are average megawatts generated month by month.

I calculated, from AEMO/ALG data, that 73GWh were generated in 2009.


Further Yambuk data from Pacific Hydro...
Annual productionGreater than 90GWh expected
Average annual wind speed8.3m/sec. (30km/hr)
Wind generatorsNeg Micon
Project costContradictory data, either Aus$50 or $76 million
Greenhouse gas savingEstimated at up to 130 000 tonnes CO2 p.a.
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Other proposed wind farms

In addition to the wind farms detailed above many others have been proposed (table below).

If and when any of these proposed wind farms look likely to be built, and as I get more information, I will write them up in more detail. If any readers have information concerning these I would appreciate a note, my email address is at the top of this page.

Until a wind farm gets at least to the point where an application for approval has been submitted to the relevant authority it may be little more than wishful thinking and is not worth covering in more detail than that below.



Wind farms that have been proposed in Victoria

In alphabetical order
Project nameAreaSponsoring CompanyCapacity, MWStatus
Black Rock Community Melbourne?Future Energy PL (Community owned)2 Feasibility
Carrajung and Blackwarry GippslandSynergy Wind PL50Proposed
Darlington Wind Farm ProjectWest of Lismore Union Fenosa Wind Australia270-450Feasibility study
DeanBallarat, Creswick Wind Power PL.20Proposed
Discovery BayGlenelg Shire, SW Vic.Synergy Wind PL 30Proposed
DollarN Gippsland
N of Foster
AGL Energy80Suspended
Lake Gillear/Logans Beach WarrnamboolSkygen/CLP40Abandoned
Korumburra LeongathaWind Power PL12Feasibility
Point Lonsdale/Marcus Hill GeelongWind Power PL5Proposed
Mount Alexander Castelmaine/Maldon Mount Alexander
Sustainability Group
6Proposed
Murra Warra North of Horsham RES Australia 300?Proposed
Project nameAreaSponsoring CompanyCapacity, MWStatus
NirrandaWarrnambool ?Stanwell Corporation50Proposed
Nirranda South WarrnamboolWind Farm Developments/Meridian Energy 50Proposed
Orford 28km NW of Port FairyFuture Energy100 Feasitility study
PyreneesNW of Ballarat Wind Power PL200Proposed
RosedaleEast Gippsland ?50Feasibility
Scienceworks/Spotswood MelbourneScienceworks/Future Energy2Feasibility
Smeaton-TukiBallarat/
Creswick
Wind Power (fully owned by Origin)100? Abandoned
Welshpool S GippslandAGL Energy18Feasibility
For links to developers see Wind farm businesses





Links

Sustainability Victoria, Operating wind generators in Victoria (available 2012/07/17).

Victorian Wind Alliance; also on Facebook. This is a wind power support group launched in mid October, 2012.






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Andrew Bray's video
Ararat Wind Farm
Baillieu's no-go zones
Bald Hills Wind Farm
Baynton Wind Farm
Ben More Wind Farm
Berrimal Wind Farm
Berrybank Wind Farm
Black Rock Community Wind Farm
Cape Bridgewater Wind Farm
Cape Nelson Wind Farm
Cape Sir William Grant Wind Farm
Carrajung and Blackwarry Wind Farm
Challicum Hills Wind Farm
Chepstowe Wind Farm
Cherry Tree Wind Farm
Codrington Wind Farm
Colour coding for wind farm status table
Contents
Coonooer Bridge
Crowlands Wind Farm
Darlington Wind Farm
Dean Report
Dean Wind Farm
Devon North Wind Farm
Discovery Bay Wind Farm
Dollar Wind Farm
Drysdale Wind Farm
Example wind power generation graph
Glenlofty Wind Farm
Glenthompson Wind Farm
Hawkesdale Wind Farm
Hepburn Wind Farm
Installed wind power, by wind farm
Installed wind power in Victoria
Introduction
Inverleigh Wind Farm
Korumburra Wind Farm
Lake Gillear Wind Farm
Lal Lal Wind Farm
Leonards Hill Wind Farm
Lexton Wind Farm
Links
Logans Beach Wind Farm
Macarthur Wind Farm
Marcus Hill Wind Farm
Moorabool Wind Farm
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