Wattle Point Wind Farm

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Wattle Point Wind Farm
Wattle Point windmill.jpg
The information centre near the base of one of the towers.
Location Edithburgh, South Australia
Coordinates 35°7′21″S137°42′55″E / 35.12250°S 137.71528°E / -35.12250; 137.71528 Coordinates: 35°7′21″S137°42′55″E / 35.12250°S 137.71528°E / -35.12250; 137.71528
Construction beganJuly 2004
Commission date April 2005
Construction cost$180 million (AUD)
Operator(s) AGL Energy
Wind farm
Type Onshore
Hub height68
Rotor diameter82
Site area17.5 square kilometres (6.8 sq mi)
Power generation
Units operational55
Nameplate capacity 91 MW
External links
Website www.agl.com.au/about-agl/how-we-source-energy/renewable-energy/wattle-point-wind-farm
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Wattle Point Wind Farm is a wind farm near Edithburgh on the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia, which has been operating since April 2005. When it was officially opened in June of that year it was Australia's largest wind farm at 91 megawatt s (122,000  hp ). The installation consists of 55 wind turbines covering 17.5 square kilometres (6.8 sq mi)and was built at a cost of 180 million Australian dollars. [1] It is connected to ETSA Utilities electricity transmission system via a 132  kilovolt line. [2]

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Yorke Peninsula Region in South Australia

The Yorke Peninsula is a peninsula located north-west and west of Adelaide in South Australia, between Spencer Gulf on the west and Gulf St Vincent on the east. The peninsula is separated from Kangaroo Island to the south by Investigator Strait. The most populous town in the region is Kadina.

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The location was chosen after identification as having one of mainland Australia's highest average wind speeds. The wind farm was officially opened by South Australian Premier Mike Rann and Southern Hydro Chairman, Dr Keith Turner. [3] The opening was opposed by some of the local Indigenous Australians, the Adjahdura (or Narungga). A descendant of the traditional landowners argued that construction desecrated an ancient burial ground, disturbing skeletons in the construction of turbine number four. [4] Work was halted in late 2004 after the discovery of human remains, artefacts and tools. The Aboriginal Affairs Department, and the developers, separately commissioned archaeological reports resulting in the development allowed to proceed with five towers being repositioned. Both reports concluded that the bones had come from elsewhere on the peninsula, being later reburied at Wattle Point. The region's aboriginal community was divided on construction; Narungga National Aboriginal Corporation supporting development and the Narungga Heritage Committee strongly opposing. [5]

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Wattle Point Wind Farm was built and owned by Southern Hydro Pty Limited. Southern Hydro was owned by Meridian Energy of New Zealand until October 2005, when it was bought by the Australian Gas Light Company (AGL). [6] The windfarm was acquired by Alinta in October 2006, as part of an asset merger with AGL, and subsequently by the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group's Energy Infrastructure Trust, for 225 million dollars on 23 April 2007. [7]

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The windfarm from the edge of Edithburgh. Wattle point windfarm south australia.JPG
The windfarm from the edge of Edithburgh.

The District Council of Yorke Peninsula approved a second wind farm, Wattle Point Stage 2. However it did not proceed due to insufficient capacity in the electrical transmission lines. [8] [ better source needed ]

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  4. "Traditional owners condemn wind farm opening". ABC News (Australia). 2005-06-21. Retrieved 2007-11-13.
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