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    Waubra Wind Farm

    Upon its completion in 2009, Waubra Wind Farm was the largest wind farm in the southern hemisphere in terms of both number of turbines and installed capacity. Over the 10 years that the wind farm has been operational, ACCIONA has donated more than $600,000 to community groups and initiatives in the area.

     

    ACCIONA is committed to engaging with the local community surrounding the Waubra Wind Farm. We also acknowledge the importance and value of feedback (including both enquiries and complaints). We can be contacted via our free call community information hotline 1800 283 550, by email at waubra@acciona.com, or by post PO Box 24110, Melbourne VIC 3001. A copy of the Waubra Wind Farm Complaint and Evaluation Process can be found here.

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    General information

    Project Configuration
    128 x ACCIONA Windpower 1.5MW turbines
    Capacity
    up to 192 MW
    Completion date
    July 2009
    Energy production
    equivalent up to 138,000 households 
    Grid connection
    connected to Ballarat-Horsham 220kV transmission line
    CO2 emissions benefit
    Approximately 650,000 tonnes annually
    Tip Height
    Ranges from 110m to 120m 
    Project value
    $450M AUD
    Project location
    35km north-west of Ballarat

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    Latest Project News

    We are excited to announce the successful recipients of the 2020 Waubra Wind Farm Sponsorship Program. This year’s Sponsorship of $20,000 has been shared between 9 community groups in support of their events and initiatives. For more information about the program and this year’s successful applicants, please click here.

    Our latest Waubra Wind Farm fact sheet is available here.

    Our latest Waubra Wind Farm newsletter is available here.

    Waubra Wind Farm recently celebrated it’s 10-year anniversary. Watch our celebration video.

     

    Community Benefits

    The Waubra Wind Farm brings significant economic activity with a positive effect on the region.

      • Diversified income for host landowners

      • Generated a peak construction workforce of 120 manufacturing and installation jobs

      • Provides 9 ongoing full-time positions on site for the life of the project (~20+ years)

      • Substantial increase in the rates base for the Ballarat City Council and the Pyrenees Shire Council

      • Establishment of a Community Benefit Fund to share the benefits of the project with the towns and community surrounding the project site for the operational life of the project

     

    Community Engagement and Shared Benefits Program

    ACCIONA is committed to improving the social and economic platform of the region and sharing the benefits of the project as widely and equitably as possible. For more information about our shared benefits approach for each of our projects, click here.

    Waubra Wind Farm has a Shared Benefits Program comprised of three initiatives:

    1. Sponsorship Program: Annual sponsorship of local community groups and not for profits, determined through an application process that is open from January-April each year. For more information about the Sponsorship Program, please click here.
    2. Scholarship Program: One-off annual scholarship of $5,000 awarded to a student seeking to undertake tertiary studies that will be of benefit to their community. Focus on students who are exemplary community members, with preference given to those pursuing studies in the fields of engineering, agriculture, and science. For more information on the scholarship program, please click here.
    3. Community Benefit Fund: Established in 2008, valued at approximately $80,000 annually. The Fund is administered by a group of 15 community organisations from the local area, with funds being used in support of their projects, as well as the broader community.

     

    Documentation and Management Plans

    Complaint and Evaluation Process

    Bushfire Mitigation Plan

    Electrical Line Clearance Management Plan

     

    If you are interested in acquiring energy from Waubra Wind Farm or any of our other projects, more information on corporate PPA's can be found here.

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