The permit application for the Winchelsea Wind Farm received approval from the local Surf Coast Shire in February 2008.
Situated on and around Mount Pollock in south western Victoria, the Winchelsea Wind Farm will consist of 14 wind turbines, with a total capacity of approximately 28 megawatts.
On site monitoring of the wind regime has demonstrated a valuable wind resource. It will produce approximately 85,000 MWh per annum which is enough energy for around 16,000 homes. The energy from the Wind Farm will be connected to the electricity grid via the local Winchelsea sub-station.
The site is cleared farming land, providing easy access for construction and minimum disruption to the local environment.
Future Energy, on behalf International Power (Australia) Pty Ltd, the company proposing to develop the wind farm, conducted and coordinated all feasibility and planning assessments in order to obtain planning approvals.
The Development Approval was the subject of several objections and hence was referred to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) in 2008. On July 13 2009 the VCAT panel upheld the issuing of the original approval by Surf Coast Shire, and also modified some of the conditions. A modified Development Approval has been issued by the Council to International Power.
|Clean energy produced per year||Approx 85,000 MWh|
|Number of households supplied||Over 16,000|
|Greenhouse gas abatement per year||85,000 tonnes CO2|
|Number of cars off the road||Over 19,000|
|Equivalent number of trees planted||Over 126,000|
|Turbines||14 x 2 MW wind turbines|
|Rated Capacity||28 MW|
|Energy generated annually||85,000 MWh|
|Permit||Granted subject to VCAT hearing|
|Visual amenity||Assessment completed|
|Average wind speed||ca. 7.5 m/sec|