Warracknabeal Wind Farm
|TURBINES:||50 - 70|
|TOTAL WEC HEIGHT:||230m|
|WIND TURBINE ROTOR||150m DIAMETER|
|INSTALLED CAPACITY:||APPROX. 300MW|
|ENERGY PRODUCTION:||920GWH ANNUALLY|
|HOMES POWERED:||APPROX. 185,000|
|GREEN HOUSE SAVINGS:||>1,000,000 TONNES OF CARBON DIOXIDE ANNUALLY|
|SHIRE RATES:||APPROX $300,000 A YEAR|
About The Project
The Warracknabeal Wind Farm is located on approximately 5,000 hectares of agricultural cropping farm land to the south-west of the township of Warracknabeal. The development will consist of 50 to 70 turbines with an installed capacity of approximately 300MW. This will provide power for around 185,000 average Victorian homes annually and reduce yearly carbon dioxide emissions by more than 1,000,000 tonnes.
WestWind Energy began monitoring the wind resource in early 2017, and determined the site was ideal for a wind energy facility in the third quarter of 2017. Although the project is in its infancy, WestWind anticipates that it will lodge a planning permit application by the end of the year.
Community Benefit Fund
Once operational, a community fund will be established to provide annual financial support of up to $15,000 a year for a range of community based initiatives, projects and events that benefit local communities around the wind farm.
The fund will target a range of community needs including: health and social welfare, safety, environment, education and youth, sport and recreation, culture, arts and economic development.
The fund will be overseen by a Community Reference Group (CRG) – a group of volunteers that live around the wind farm site. The role of the CRG is to enhance communication between WestWind Energy and the community; enhance WestWind’s understanding of community issues; encourage community partnerships; and, ensure the local community benefits as a result of the wind farm project.
Host Landholder Benefits
The wind farm will provide an annual income for all host landholders.
This economic boost to farmers enables them to secure supplementary income annually, for decades, through lease arrangements with the wind farm. This income provides a stable addition to farming income and helps to counteract swings of commodity prices and ‘drought proof’ farms.
There are no financial costs for farmers to be able to receive supplementary income, as the developer takes on the development costs and once the wind farm is constructed, farmers benefit from the partnership and on-going income throughout the life of the wind farm.
This sustains the farming practice and provides protection to the farming land for years to come. It also allows farmers to farm more sustainably by removing the pressure to maximise income from the land.
The roads constructed by the developer give landholders all weather access across their property which improves stock management practices and bushfire access.
The wind farm infrastructure also provides stronger grid stability with more capacity in the area. Lack of grid capacity is often a constraint for energy intensive farming practices
Addressing community complaints in a timely manner is essential for maintaining good community relations.
WWE’s complaints management system has been designed and established in accordance with the Australian Standard AS/NZS 10002:2014 – Guidelines for Complaint Management in Organisations.