Windy Hill Wind Farm

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Windy Hill Wind Farm
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Windy Hill Wind Farm[1]
Windy Hill Wind Farm is located in Australia
Windy Hill Wind Farm
Location of Windy Hill Wind Farm
Country Australia
Location Ravenshoe, Queensland
Coordinates 17°35′32″S 145°31′50″E / 17.59222°S 145.53056°E / -17.59222; 145.53056
Construction began 1999 (1999)
Commission date August 2000 (2000-08)
Construction cost A$20,000,000
Owner(s) RATCH-Australia Corporation
Wind farm
Type Onshore
Avg. site elevation 1,090 m (3,576 ft)
Site usage Farm land
Hub height 46 m (151 ft)
Rotor diameter 44 m (144 ft)
Rated wind speed 13-25 m/s
Power generation
Units operational 20
Make and model Enercon: E40
Nameplate capacity 12MW

Windy Hill Wind Farm is a wind power station near Ravenshoe on the Atherton Tablelands, Queensland, Australia. Windy Hill has 20 wind turbines with a generating capacity of 12 MW of electricity, providing enough power for about 3,500 homes. The cost of the project was A$20 million. It was the first wind farm to be constructed in Queensland and remains the state's largest.

The power station was commissioned in 2000 and was initially operated by the Stanwell Corporation. In December 2007 Windy Hill was sold to Transfield Services Infrastructure Fund (TSIF) as part of Queensland Government's ClimateSmart 2050 strategy.[2] A new substation was built to allow the wind farm's power to connect to the existing 66 kV transmission line.[3] RATCH-Australia Corporation bought TSIF in 2011.

Wind turbines[edit]

The construction contractor for the wind farm was Powercorp, based in Darwin.[3] The wind turbines are located on private land which continues to be used as a dairy farm.[4] Each tower is 44 metres high.[3] The turbines used at the facility are Enercon E40.[3] They can rotate at speeds between 14 rpm to 38 rpm.[3] Power from the turbines is carried by underground cable to the electricity grid.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Windy Hll Wind Farm
  2. ^ Stanwell Annual Report
  3. ^ a b c d e "Windy Hill - Phase 1". Clean Energy Council. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Things to do and see: Windy Hill Wind Farm". Queensland Holidays. Tourism Queensland. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 

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