Waubra Wind Farm

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Waubra Wind Farm
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Part of the Waubra Wind farm from the Sunraysia Highway
CountryAustralia
LocationWaubra, Victoria
Coordinates 37°20′53″S143°36′01″E / 37.347917°S 143.600208°E / -37.347917; 143.600208
StatusCompleted
Construction beganDecember 2007
Commission date July 2009
Construction cost AUD 450m
Owner(s)Acciona Australia
Operator(s)Acciona Australia
Power generation
Units operational128
Nameplate capacity 192 MW
External links
Website www.acciona.com.au/projects/energy/wind-power/waubra-wind-farm/

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]

Sunraysia Highway highway in Victoria

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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]

Wind turbine device that converts wind energy into mechanical and electric energy

A wind turbine, or alternatively referred to as a wind energy converter, is a device that converts the wind's kinetic energy into electrical energy.

The green energy generated by the wind farm each year provides electricity for 143,000 households enough to power a city 3-4 times the size of Ballarat. [2]

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. [3] In 2010 the anti-wind farm lobby group the Waubra Foundation adopted the name of the nearby town.

Acciona Energy, a subsidiary of Acciona based in Madrid, is a Spanish company developing renewable energy projects, including small hydro, biomass, solar energy and thermal energy, and the marketing of biofuels. It also has assets in the field of co-generation and wind turbine manufacture. As of 2007, it is carrying out research projects to produce hydrogen from wind power and to manufacture more efficient photovoltaic cells.

The Waubra Foundation describes itself as an advocacy group for properly conducted, multidisciplinary research into alleged health problems reported by people living in the vicinity of wind turbines and other industrial uses. The foundation is named after the town of Waubra, Victoria Australia, but is not linked to it in any other way. The town is home to the 128 turbine Waubra Wind Farm.

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.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) is Australia's national broadcaster founded in 1929. It is currently principally funded by direct grants from the Australian government, but is expressly independent of government and partisan politics. The ABC plays a leading role in journalistic independence and is fundamental in the history of broadcasting in Australia.

<i>Four Corners</i> (Australian TV program) TV series

Four Corners is an Australian investigative journalism/current affairs documentary television program, the longest of its kind nationally. Broadcast on ABC in HDTV, it premiered on 19 August 1961 and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011. Founding producer Robert Raymond (1961–62) and his successor Allan Ashbolt (1963) did much to set the ongoing tone of the program. The program is one of only five in Australia inducted into the Logie Hall of Fame.

A viewing platform designed by Melbourne-based firm JOH Architects [4] is accessible to tourists and located just off the Sunraysia Highway.

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Coordinates: 37°19′32″S143°36′32″E / 37.32556°S 143.60889°E / -37.32556; 143.60889