Bald Hills Wind Farm
The Bald Hills Wind Farm is a proposed wind farm located approximately 10 km south east of Tarwin Lower in South Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. The Bald Hills Wind Farm site covers approximately 1,750ha of largely cleared cattle and sheep grazing farmland. The turbines will be located in three distinct areas, one to the west and one to the east of Tarwin Lower Waratah Road, and one near the end of Bald Hills Road.
The Bald Hills Wind Farm has received planning approval from the Victorian Government and approval from the Federal Government under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act. This followed extensive project feasibility studies and Environmental Effects Statements (EESs). The EESs were assessed by an independent panel.
Bald Hills Wind Farm will comprise 52 turbines of 2 MW capacity each, giving it a total capacity of 104 MW. It is expected to produce 335,100 MWh of electricity per year, based on the long-term average forecast wind data. This is the equivalent of meeting the electricity requirements of over 62,000 homes—over four and a half times the homes in the South Gippsland Shire (based on 2006 census data).
Construction of the wind farm commenced in August 2012 and is expected that it will be fully operational by June 2015.
- Bald Hills Windfarm: Location, retrieved 21 April 2011
- Henderson, Jenni: "Bald Hill wind farm progresses despite ongoing hurdles", ABC, 27 May 2014
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