Lal Lal Wind Farm
WestWind Energy sold the Lal Lal Wind Farm to Macquarie Capital in 2017. For the most up-to-date information on the project, visit: www.lallalwindfarms.com.au
|LOCATION:||CENTRAL HIGHLANDS VIC|
|HUB HEIGHT:||Up to 161m|
|ENERGY PRODUCTION:||> 660,000 MWh Annually|
|AMENDMENT APPROVED:||MARCH 2017|
About The Project
The site of the Lal Lal Wind Farm is located on two sections of farmland in the Moorabool Shire: The Yendon Section (2km east of Yendon and 17km southeast of Ballarat) and the Elaine Section (2km north of Elaine and 17km south southeast of Ballarat).
WestWind Energy identified the Lal Lal Wind Farm in 2006 as a potential wind farm site using WestWind Energy’s site selection criteria. In April 2009 the Victorian Planning Minister granted WestWind Energy a permit to construct and operate the Lal Lal Wind Farm. The permit was for the installation of 64 wind turbines with a total rated power of between 130 MW and 192 MW.
In 2015 WestWind Energy submitted an application to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) to amend the wind farm permit to facilitate the use of new, more efficient wind turbine technology.
Key changes in the amendment include:
• A reduction in the number of wind turbines from 64 to 60;
• An increase in wind turbine height from 130m to 161m;
• Application of a newer and more accurate noise standard;
• Replace the rotor diameter and hub height restrictions to allow a maximum tip height of 161m with a limit of 20m above ground for the lowest point of the sweep of the rotor; and
• Require voluntary landscape screening to be made available to dwellings within 4km of wind turbines.
The permit amendment application was approved by the Victorian Planning Minister in March 2017, following a planning panel hearing in November 2016.
In 2017, the Lal Lal Wind Farm Project was sold as a greenfield site. For further details please visit: www.lallalwindfarms.com.au/
The above would not have been possible without WestWind Energy’s expertise in securing and developing the site, and the collaboration between Westwind Energy and the landowners.
Below are photographic mockups of the 161mt high wind turbines (Amended 2015)