Waubra Wind Farm
Waubra Wind Farm-2.jpg
Waubra Wind Farm in 2020
CountryAustralia
LocationWaubra, Victoria
Coordinates37°20′53″S 143°36′01″E / 37.347917°S 143.600208°E / -37.347917; 143.600208
StatusCompleted
Construction beganDecember 2007
Commission dateJuly 2009
Construction costA$450m
Owner(s)Acciona Australia
Operator(s)Acciona Australia
Wind farm
TypeOnshore
Hub height80 metres (262 ft)
Rotor diameter77 metres (253 ft)
Site area173 square kilometres (17,300 ha)
Power generation
Units operational128 × 1.5 MW
Make and modelAcciona AW-77/1500
Nameplate capacity192 MW
Capacity factor37.5% (projected)
Annual net output630 GWh (projected)
External links
Websitewww.acciona.com.au/projects/energy/wind-power/waubra-wind-farm/
CommonsRelated media on Commons

The Waubra wind farm is located on both sides of the Sunraysia Highway 35 km north-west of Ballarat in Victoria, Australia. It is the fourth largest wind farm in Australia and was the largest wind farm by number of turbines and total capacity in the southern hemisphere upon its completion in July 2009.[1]

Consisting of 128 wind turbines, with associated substations and an operations centre, each wind turbine has a capacity of 1.5 megawatts (MW). The total installed capacity is 192 MW.[1][2] The turbines have a tip height of 119 metres,[3] rotor diameter of 77 metres[3] and a hub height of 80 metres.[4] Annually the farm is projected to generate 630 GWh of energy over the life of the project,[3] for an annual capacity factor of 37.5%.

The green energy generated by the wind farm each year provides electricity for 138,000 households enough to power a city 3-4 times the size of Ballarat.[5]

Acciona Energy formed a Community Reference Group (CRG) for the construction phase of the Waubra wind farm, to provide a regular forum for community input to the project and to facilitate communication between members of the Waubra community and the wind farm project team.[6] In 2010 the anti-wind farm lobby group the Waubra Foundation adopted the name of the nearby town.

The construction of the Waubra wind farm received financial assistance as part of the Victorian State government's Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET).[1]

In July 2011 the Australian Broadcasting Corporation 4 Corners program explored health concerns connected with Australian wind farms in its Against the Wind report. The Waubra wind farm and the community living around it was featured in the report.

A viewing platform designed by Melbourne-based firm JOH Architects[7] is accessible to tourists and located just off the Sunraysia Highway.

Operations

The generation table uses eljmkt nemlog to obtain generation values for each month.

Waubra Wind Farm Generation (MWh)
Year Total Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2011 621,970 47,516 40,760 55,943 39,394 46,579 63,673 69,138 37,653 61,698 52,945 44,851 61,820
2012 661,894 70,705 46,604 57,089 35,204 53,773 55,093 51,242 73,212 56,441 53,840 48,515 60,176
2013 654,980 61,640 47,343 49,522 38,999 53,182 43,750 53,669 70,964 55,347 67,563 63,095 49,906
2014 615,260 65,029 53,295 38,908 48,443 41,629 57,079 65,049 41,226 47,213 53,965 55,453 47,971
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021

Note: Records date back to 2011.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c "Waubra Wind Farm". Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 7 May 2007.
  2. ^ "Waubra Wind Farm | ACCIONA | Business as usual". www.acciona.com.au. Archived from the original on 8 March 2021. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  3. ^ a b c "Waubra Wind Farm Fact sheet" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 10 September 2021. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  4. ^ Bauer, Lucas. "Acciona AW-77/1500 - 1,50 MW - Wind turbine". en.wind-turbine-models.com. Archived from the original on 20 January 2021. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  5. ^ "Ballarat's Energy Use and Emissions - Stats & Facts. Breaze.org.au". Archived from the original on 2 March 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Welcome to Waubra Wind Farm". Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 7 May 2007.
  7. ^ "JOH Architects". Archived from the original on 10 September 2015. Retrieved 17 November 2015.

Coordinates: 37°19′32″S 143°36′32″E / 37.32556°S 143.60889°E / -37.32556; 143.60889