Beginning in 2004, Future Energy identified the potential of the Waubra wind farm site and commenced discussions with local landowners. Over the course of 2004 and 2005, Future Energy negotiated lease agreements with 34 different landowners with good wind resources and co-ordinated the ongoing engagement with the wider community. This included organising Community Information Sessions and bus tours to a nearby wind farm.
Subsequently, Acciona Energy acquired the project and commenced construction in 2006, with the final turbine being erected in May 2009. The final construction cost is estimated at $450m.
The Waubra wind farm north east of Ballarat, Victoria is currently the largest operating wind farm in the country. The project consists of 128 1.5MW turbines distributed over a total area of 173 sq km.
On an annual basis the wind farm is expected to produce around 650,000 MWh or the equivalent of the energy usage of over 120,000 homes.
The reduction in carbon emissions by substituting wind energy from Waubra for coal generated energy is equivalent to removing over 150,000 cars from the road or planting almost one million trees. Over its life, the wind farm will deliver around $1.6 million back to the community via a Community Sustainability Fund.