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This page created 2008/02/29, modified 2009/09/16
Information about wind farms that I have missed, additional interesting information,
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Contents of this page...

Introduction | Installed wind power | Wind farms by region

Specific wind farms...
Ararat | Bald Hills | Berrimal | Berrybank wind farm | Challicum Hills | Codrington | Crowlands | Yarram | Devon North | Drysdale | Hawkesdale | Lal Lal | Lexton | Macarthur | Moorabool | Mortlake | Mortons Lane | Mount Gellibrand | Mount Mercer | Naroghid wind farm
(Portland wind project: Yambuk, Cape Bridgewater, Cape Nelson, Cape Sir William Grant)
Oaklands Hill | Ryan Corner | Salt Creek | Sidonia Hills | Sisters | Stockyard Hill | Toora | Waubra | Waubra North | Wonthaggi | Yaloak

Other proposed wind farms
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Tables

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

Graphs

Operating Victorian wind farms | Example wind power generation graph

Maps

Wind resource map of Victoria | Ararat wind farm | Lexton wind farm | Stockyard Hill wind farm | Waubra wind farm

Introduction

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.

I will be pleased to hear from any reader who believes that anything in any of these pages is incorrect or substantially incomplete. Please send details, with appropriate references, to the email address above. Any suggestions on how these pages can be more informative will also be appreciated.

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 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.

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 was large, and the total installed capacity in February 2008 was around 130MW. But the situation is changing; as of mid 2008 two wind farms with capacities over 100MW each were under construction, several more had been approved, and more again proposed.

In September 2008 Victoria had a 2% mandatory renewable energy target, (VicRET) but the government had proposed increasing that to 10%.




 
Updated 2009/06/22

Installed wind power in Victoria


Installed wind power in Victoria - by wind farm
As of June 2009
Wind farmMW
Challicum Hills 52.5
Codrington 18.2
PortlandCape Bridgewater58.0
Cape Nelson South 44.0
Yambuk30.0
Toora21.0
Waubra 192.0
Wonthaggi 12.0
Total427.7
Operating Victorian wind farms, megawatts
As of June 2009
Wind Power in Vic


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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
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.

Wind farms by region

As of June 2009
RegionWind farmStatus
Ararat AraratProposed
Challicum Hills Operating
CrowlandsProposed
Ballarat Lal LalApproved
LextonApproved
Mount Mercer Approved
Sidonia Hills Proposed
Stockyard Hill Proposed
Waubra Operating
YaloakProposed
BendigoBerrimalApproved
Colac Mount Gellibrand Approved
Gippsland Bald HillsApproved
Devon North/Yarram Approved
TooraOperating
WonthaggiOperating
Hamilton/
Portland/
Warrnambool
CodringtonOperating
MacarthurApproved
Cape Bridgewater Operating
Cape Nelson North Proposed
Cape Nelson South Operating
DrysdaleApproved
HawkesdaleApproved
Portland wind projectn/a
Ryan CornerApproved
Salt CreekApproved
YambukOperating
Oaklands HillProposed





Ararat wind farm

Ararat wind farm location
Wind farm location from RES Australia's news letter

Proposed by RES Australia, this wind farm is close to one proposed by Pacific Hydro at Crowlands.

RES has a not very informative page on the proposal; although a newsletter available from this page is moderately informative.

Ararat wind farm summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MWConstruction date Lat.Long.
Proposed76Up to 3Up to 228 UndecidedApprox. S 37.23°E 142.99°

The Victorian Minister for Planning determined on 14th January 2008 that an Environmental Effects Statement is not required. RES has announced its intention to prepare a Planning Permit Application.





 
Updated 2009/06/09

Bald Hills wind farm


 
Bald Hills map
Acknowledgement: map from Wind Power
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.

The proposer is Wind Power (who have a page on the farm and are now fully owned by Origin Energy). It was announced on 10th June 2008 that the Japanese company Mitsui had acquired the project through its Australian subsidiary. Mitsui said that the project should be in commercial operation in 2011.

Bald Hills summary data
Status# TurbinesMW each Total MW Construction dateProject cost Lat. Long.
Approved522104 2010Estimated Aus$250 million Approx. S 38.86°E 146.00°
Status and construction date confirmed by Ross Richards Major Development Projects, Windpower, 2009/06/09


Additional data on Bald Hills
The following changes have been made to minimise the impact of the wind farm
Turbine heightNot greater than 110m overall
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 2009/06/05

Berrimal wind farm

Acciona Energy has proposed this wind farm 70km NW of Bendigo between St Arnaud and Wedderburn.

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


Berrimal wind farm summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MWConstruction date Lat.Long.
Approved12-16?Max. 24 UndecidedApprox. S 36.53°E 143.46°

On Feb. 17th 2009 Brett Thomas, a representative of Acciona, said that "the project is on hold while the Federal Government prepares its emissions trading and renewable energy policies". My information is that the status of this wind farm, as of 2009/06/04, is 'on hold'.





Berrybank wind farm

This large wind farm is proposed by Union Fenosa Wind Australia (UFWA) who have a Net page on the project and have produced a newsletter. As of November 2008 UFWA was "working with local stakeholders to develop the planning application".

Berrybank is about 15km east of Lismore and ten kilometres west of Cressy.

Berrybank wind farm summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MWConstruction date Lat.Long.
Proposed1002 to 3200 to 300 UndecidedApprox. S 38.00°E 143.54°
The coordinates above are for Berrybank township

I have emailed UFWA asking for more specific information on the location of the wind farm (2009/04/21).






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.

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# TurbinesMW eachTotal MW Annual production CommissionedLat.Long.
Operating351.552.5140 GWh2003 S 37.40°E 143.11°
The information in this table came from a variety of sources including Pacific Hydro.


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...
Capacity factor Estimated at 32%
AvailabilityNo figure
Wind generatorsNeg Micon
Expected life25 years
Project costAus$76 million
Power purchase agreementOrigin Energy
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 potenitial 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.
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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 first substantial wind farm in the eastern states of Australia. When commissioned it was Australia's biggest wind farm. 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.

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, with no obvious boundary between the two.


Codrington summary data

Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MW Annual productionCompletedLat.Long.
Operating141.318.251GWhJune 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 Energy
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
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Updated 2009/06/05

Crowlands wind farm


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.


Crowlands summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MWConstruction date Lat.Long.
ProposedUp to 752.3Up to 172.5 UndecidedApprox. S 37.13°E 143.16°


Further data on the Crowlands wind farm
Project costAus$360 million
Greenhouse gas saving380 000-560 000t/yr
Annual productionUp to 430GWh


The information in these tables came from a variety of sources including Pacific Hydro.

The Planning Panel finished its investigation on 15th February 2008. Pacific Hydro's Andrew Richards said that he was confident of the project getting approval.






 
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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.


Devon North (Yarram) summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MW Construction dateLat.Long.
Approved7214 Late 2009?Approx. S 38.50°E 146.55°
Synergy's Net page states that the turbines will be installed in 2010.


There seems to be more opposition to this proposal than most.

On 21st December 2007 the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal over-ruled objections by some local residents, landholders, and the Shire Council and gave the project the go-ahead subject to it meeting 22 conditions. (This from a report in the Gippsland Times.)
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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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Hawkesdale wind farm

The proponent is Gamesa Energy Australia and TME Australia P.L. The proposed wind farm is 50km SE of Hamilton and 30km NW of Warrnambool.

Most of the information for this wind farm came from a report available via TME Aust.'s Projects page. It was dated September 2006.

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.


Hawkesdale wind farm summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MWConstruction date Lat.Long.
Approved31262 UndecidedApprox. 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


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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Lal Lal wind farm

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 Lal Lal wind farm, most of this information came.

Westwind has a planning permit for the wind farm.

WestWind released an independently carried out study on 1/10/2007. The study was conducted in November 2006 and showed, they say, that at that time more than 80% of the community around the wind farm supported the proposed construction.

West Wind had an office in Buninyong until 4th June 2009, they then moved it to Mt Helen.

The Moorabool Leader on-line news reported, on 24th June 2008, that six of the proposed turbines will be relocated due to discovery of Aboriginal artifacts.

West Wind Energy representative Adam Gray said on Feb. 17th 2009 that he did not feel that financing the project would be a problem.



Lal Lal summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MW Construction dateLat.Long.
Approved642-3128-192 UndecidedS 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°


Turbines
Wind generatorsUndecided, possibly Enercon E82
Power2.05 to 3MW
Tower heightUp to 85m
Rotor diameter82 to 95m
Blade length40 to 47.5m
Rotational speed6 to 20rpm
Tower base diameter6.5 to 10m
Tower top diameter3.1 to 3.5m


Project
Expected life25 years
Expected construction period21 months


Productivity (based on 2.05MW turbines)
Power402 GWh per year
Greenhouse gas savingEstimated at 534 000 tonnes CO2 p.a.
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Updated 2009/06/09

Lexton wind farm


There seems to have been no activity on this project for about a year (as of October 2008).

Lexton wind farm summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MW Construction dateLat.Long.
Approved191.528.5 UndecidedApprox. 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 Energy. 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 Wind Power.

There was a delay in starting construction of this wind farm connected with changes in availability of suitable turbines.

Additional data on Lexton wind farm
Annual generation87GWh
Capital costAus$70 million





 
Updated 2009/09/17

Macarthur wind farm

There seems to have been no activity on this project for more than a year (as of October 2008).

On 2007/12/06 AGL and Meridian Energy announced a "Heads of Agreement" to explore the potential joint development of this wind farm.

Macarthur is 33km south of Hamilton and about 270km west of Melbourne.

Parsons Brinckerhoff have a Net page on the project. This page states: "In mid-2008, PB was awarded the engineering design and project services contract to support the development of the wind farm. Construction is expected to begin in 2009, and it is expected that energy will begin feeding into the grid by 2011."

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


Macarthur summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MWConstruction date Lat.Long.
Approved1502.1 to 3?up to 450 2009Approx. S 38.04°E 142.00°
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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 Section, to the south, is proposed to contain 70 turbines.


Moorabool wind farm summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MWConstruction date Lat.Long.
Proposed1282 to 3.3256 to 422 UndecidedApprox. S 37.71°E 144.11°


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
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Mortlake wind farm

Proposed by Acciona Energy, this wind farm, if built, will be in two parts, Mortlake East about 9.5km east of Mortlake, and Mortlake South about 5km south of Mortlake. Acciona has a not very informative Net page on the project.

Mortlake wind farm summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MWConstruction date Lat.Long.
Proposed962.1?Approx. 200 UndecidedS 38.09°E 142.80°
The latitude and longitude above are those of Mortlake

The turbine capacity and total wind farm capacity above were not stated on Acciona's Net page but were back-calculated from the number of turbines and the expected carbon dioxide abatement stated on the site (520 000 tonnes per year).

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Morton's Lane wind farm

Also known as Woodhouse wind farm



The developer is NewEN Australia and they have a page on this wind farm. The wind farm is to be 12km NE of Penshurst which is 26km SE of Hamilton and 230km west of Melbourne.

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


Morton's Lane wind farm summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MWConstruction date Lat.Long.
Approved132.330 UndecidedApprox. S 37.84°E 142.41°





Mount Gellibrand wind farm

Also called Colac wind farm?
There seems to have been no action on this project since it was given initial planning approval. (This note added 2008/10/07)

This proposed wind farm will be in the vicinity of Mount Gellibrand, 120km west of Melbourne and south of Colac.

It was given initial planning approval by the Victorian Minister for Planning, Rob Hulls, on August 20th, 2006. (Available from Dept. Planning.)

The project has changed hands twice and is now (Sept. 2008) owned by Acciona. The number of turbines to be built is under review. A spokesman for Acciona said that there are "still several planning hurdles to clear".


Mount Gellibrand summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MW Construction dateLat.Long.
Approved1162232 UndecidedApprox. S 38.52°E 143.53°
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Mount Mercer wind farm

This proposed wind farm will be 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.

The proposer is WestWind Energy who has an office in Buninyong and a Net page on this wind farm.

A Planning Panel Report was released in December 2006.

The Ballarat Courier, 2009/03/09, quoted West Wind Energy general manager Tobias Geiger as saying that the Mount Mercer wind farm had been delayed waiting for the Rudd Government to write its promised Mandatory Renewable Energy Target into law.


Mount Mercer summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MW Construction dateLat.Long.
ApprovedUp to 642.05Up to 131 UndecidedS 37.85°E 143.87°


Further data on Mount Mercer wind farm...
Project
CostAus$250 million
Expected generationUp to 395GWh per year
Expected life25 years
Turbines
TypeEnercon E82
Height of towersUp to 85m
Rotor diameter82m
Total height of turbinesExpected 126m
Spacing of towersAround 400m

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.
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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 an informative Net site apparently by Wind Farm Developments; it states that construction is expected to be in 2008 or 2009.

I have found no news on this project for at least a year up to October 2008.



Naroghid wind farm summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MWConstruction date Lat.Long.
Approved21242Undecided Approx. S 38.26°E 143.04°





Oaklands Hill wind farm

 
Updated 2009/09/05
The proposed wind farm is to be located 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.


Oaklands Hill wind farm summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MW Construction dateLat.Long.
Approved32264 October 2009Approx. S 37.68°E 142.55°
The construction date and number of turbines (down from a previous 43)
shown above was published in The Age on August 1st 2009.

Much of the information here came from http://www.oaklandshillwindfarm.com.au/, a page written by the proponents: Investec Bank (Australia) Ltd., and Windlab Systems PL, but which now redirects to AGL (2009/08/12). Some came from the journal Windpower Monthly, March 2008.

Windlab Systems has a Net page on the project. As of 2009/08/12 it stated that construction is expected to commence in mid 2009, but Bloomberg.com (on the same date) were saying that "AGL will commit to construction ... starting in October".

It was announced in August 2009 that Suzlon had won the contract to build (and/or supply?) the turbines for this project.

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Updated 2009/06/08

Portland Wind Energy Project

This big wind farm project is being built by Pacific Hydro in several stages. Stage 1, Yambuk and Cape Bridgewater are up and running. and Cape Nelson is under construction, and yet to be built is a wind farm at Cape Sir William Grant. 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 completed units
Wind farmYambukCape BridgewaterCape Nelson South Total
MW305844132





Portland Wind Energy Project Stage 1

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.

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.

I believe tours are available.

Yambuk summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MW CommissionedLat.Long.
Operating201.530 May 2007App. S 38.33°App. E 142.04°


Yambuk 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.

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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Portland Wind Energy Project Stage 2


 
Updated 2009/09/20

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.

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).

Cape Bridgewater summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MWCommissioned Lat.Long.
Operating29258November 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





 
Updated 2009/06/09

Cape Nelson wind farm

Located on Cape Nelson about 10km SW of Portland.

When I visited in late March 2008 there was a concrete batching plant present and some bases were prepared. Once built there should be potential for good photographs and views.

Cape Nelson wind farm will be devided into a north and a south section.

Cape Nelson South summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MW CompletionLat.Long.
Commissioning (June 2009)22244 June 2009S 38.41°E 141.54°

Erection of turbines in Cape Nelson South commenced in September 2008.


Cape Nelson North summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MWConstruction date Lat.Long.
Approved11Around 2Around 22Undecided Approx. S 38.39°E 141.52°

Cape Nelson North is "yet to be investment sanctioned" by Pacific Hydro, and as of 2009/06/09 the size and type of turbine had not been decided.

On 2008/09/10 Pacific Hydro announced that they are going to build only 27 turbines rather than the originally planned 58 at Cape Nelson "because of improvements in turbine technology". The turbine layout map for Cape Nelson North, downloadable from the Pacific Hydro Net site, shows eleven turbines.




 
Updated 2009/06/05

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 Construction dateLat.Long.
Approved16?? UndecidedS 38.40°E 141.63°

Cape Sir William Grant is "yet to be investment sanctioned" by Pacific Hydro.
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Ryan Corner wind farm

Also called Ryan's Corner wind farm

The proponent is Gamesa Energy Australia and TME Australia P.L. 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.

Most of the information for this wind farm came from a report available via TME Aust.'s Projects page. It was dated 2006.


Ryan Corner wind farm summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MWConstruction date Lat.Long.
Approved682136Undecided 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


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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Salt Creek wind farm

Also known as Woorndoo wind farm

The developer is NewEN Australia and they have a page on this wind farm. 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.

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


Salt Creek wind farm summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MWConstruction date Lat.Long.
Approved132.330Undecided Approx. S 37.92°E 142.79°





 
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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Sisters wind farm

The 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.

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).

The Sisters wind farm summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MWConstruction date Lat.Long.
Proposed?9 to 12?Less than 30MWUndecided Approx. S 38.24°E 142.80°





 
Updated 2009/06/09

Stockyard Hill wind farm


Stockyard Hill location
From Wind Power's July 2008 newsletter

Wind Power (fully owned by Origin Energy) have proposed this farm between Beaufort and Skipton, and about 45km west of Ballarat. They have a Net page on it.

Stockyard Hill wind farm summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MWConstruction date Lat.Long.
Proposed2822564Undecided Approx. S 37.56°E 143.39°


ABC online news, Oct. 14 2008, reported that the Planning Minister had decided that an environmental impact statement would not be required for this project. Wind Power's Ross Richards said "the Government has recognised that the company has already done the studies normally required under an EES".

Further information on Stockyard Hill wind farm
Annual generation1482GWh expected
Greenhouse CO2 saving1.3 million tonnes per year
The annual generation figure is based on a capacity factor of 30%.

Wind Power say that the power from the farm will be sufficient to power six times as many homes as are in Ballarat. They say that the community fund will receive over $140 000 over 25 years, that local landowners will be paid over $2m/yr and rates paid to the Pyrenees Shire will be over $540 000/yr.






Toora wind farm

Toora summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MW CommissionedLat.Long.
Operating121.75212002 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.

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 2009/10/13

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.

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 Energy may also be part owners.

The Ballarat Courier noted on 2009/02/25 that Waubra wind farm is to be fully operational by the end of June. My information is that Waubra is generating but that some turbines are still in final stages of commissioning (as of 2009/06/04).

Several sources have published that Waubra is the biggest wind farm in Australia. As a South Australian I have to point out that our Lake Bonney wind farm (Stages 1 and 2 combined) has a capacity of 239.5MW, considerably bigger than the 192MW of Waubra.

Waubra summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MW Completion dateLat.Long.
Operating1281.5192 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.


 
Waubra
Construction at Waubra on a grey Ballarat morning

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.

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.


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.


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Waubra North wind farm

Proposed by Acciona, the builders of Waubra wind farm, this farm is to be about 9km NE of Waubra, near Evansford (and Clunes). It will be about 30km NNW of Ballarat.

Acciona Energy's managing director Brett Thomas was reported in the Ballarat Courier on 2009/02/27 as saying that they are in the early stages of the proposal.

Waubra North summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MW Construction dateLat.Long.
Proposed??? UndecidedApprox. S 37.31°E 143.74°





Winchelsea wind farm

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

More information is available at Future Energy's site, Winchelsea

It is proposed that this wind farm will be on Mt Pollock and 10km from Winchelsea (direction not specified), which is near Geelong. Winchelsea is at Latitude S 38.24°, Longitude E 144.00°. 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.



Winchelsea summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MW Construction dateLat.Long.
Approved14228 UndecidedApprox. S ?°E ?°
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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 Energy, through Wind Power, who have a Net page on the wind farm.

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

Wonthaggi summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MW Annual productionCommissionedLat.Long.
Operating621234GWh expectedDecember 2005 S 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 2009/09/16

Yaloak wind farm

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

This 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."

"Pacific Hydro is proposing to re-submit a Planning Application for the development of 14 wind turbines on the site."

The above was quoted from (http://www.pacifichydro.cl/en-us/our-projects/yaloak-wind-farm.aspx) Pacific Hydro's Net page on the project (no longer available – 2009/09/29).

Yaloak summary data
Status# TurbinesMW eachTotal MW Construction dateLat.Long.
Proposed142.1?Approx. 30 UndecidedApprox. S 37.61° E 144.23°
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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 wishfull thinking and is not worth covering in more detail than that below.



Wind farms that have been proposed in Victoria

Much of the information in this table was extracted from Wikipedia in early 2008.

In alphabetical order
Project nameAreaSponsoring CompanyCapacity, MWStatus
Baynton Between Bendigo and Ballarat?Transfield and WindLab Systems50Feasibility
Black Rock Community Melbourne?Future Energy PL (Community owned)2Feasibility
Darlington Wind Farm ProjectWest of Lismore Union Fenosa Wind Australia300Proposed
DeanBallarat, Creswick Wind Power PL.20Proposed
DollarN Gippsland
N of Foster
AGL Energy80Suspended
Hepburn-Daylesford wind farm Hepburn/Daylesford NE of BallaratLocal community4Proposed
Lake Gillear/Logans Beach WarrnamboolSkygen/CLP40Abandoned
Korumburra LeongathaWind Power PL12Feasibility
NewfieldWarrnambool/
Colac
Acciona Energy22.5 Seeking Approval
NirrandaWarrnambool ?Stanwell Corporation50Proposed
Nirranda South WarrnamboolWind Farm Developments/Meridian Energy50Proposed
Point Lonsdale/Marcus Hill GeelongWind Power PL5Proposed
PyreneesNW of Ballarat Wind Power PL200Proposed
RosedaleEast Gippsland Pacific Hydro50Feasibility
Scienceworks/Spotswood MelbourneScienceworks/Future Energy2Feasibility
Smeaton-TukiBallarat/
Creswick
Wind Power (fully owned by Origin Energy)100?Proposed
Welshpool S GippslandAGL Energy18Feasibility
For links to developers see Wind farm businesses





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Crowlands wind farm
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Devon North wind farm
Dollar wind farm
Drysdale wind farm
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Hawkesdale wind farm
Hepburn wind farm
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Korumburra wind farm
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Lal Lal wind farm
Lexton wind farm
Logans Beach wind farm
Macarthur wind farm
Marcus Hill wind farm
Moorabool wind farm
Mortlake wind farm
Mortons Lane wind farm
Mount Gellibrand wind farm
Mount Mercer wind farm
Naroghid wind farm
Newfield wind farm
Nirranda South wind farm
Nirranda wind farm
Oaklands Hill wind farm
Operating Victorian wind farms - MW
Other proposed wind farms
Point Lonsdale wind farm
Portland wind project
Purnim wind farm
Pyrenees wind farm
Rosedale wind farm
Ryan Corner wind farm
Salt Creek wind farm
Scienceworks wind farm
Sidonia Hills wind farm
Sisters wind farm
Smeaton wind farm
Spotswood wind farm
Stockyard Hill wind farm
Toora wind farm
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Tuki wind farm
Waubra North wind farm
Waubra wind farm
Welshpool wind farm
Winchelsea wind farm
Wind farms by region
Wind power in Victoria
Wind resource map of Victoria
Wonthaggi wind farm
Woodhouse wind farm
Woorndoo wind farm
Yaloak wind farm
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