Waubra Wind Farm is located approximately 35 kilometres north-west of Ballarat in Victoria. At peak, the wind farm can generate enough green energy to power more than 120,000 homes or enough electricity for the City of Ballarat and surrounding areas.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or by post PO Box 24110, Melbourne VIC 3001.
The Waubra Wind Farm brings significant economic activity with a positive effect on the region.
Provides approximately 9 ongoing full time positions on site.
Delivers a diversified income for host landowners.
Provides a substantial increase in the rates base for the Ballarat City Council and the Pyrenees Shire Council.
Clean energy equivalent to the consumption of around 120,000 homes annually.
Establishment of a Community Benefit Fund to share the benefits of the project with the towns and community surrounding the development, for the operational life of the project.
The Waubra Wind Farm also welcomes many community groups and educational institutions to the Maintenance Facility for tours and information sessions.
ACCIONA continues to support the local community through major sponsorship of local sporting teams and donations to schools, pre-schools, charity groups and other community groups. ACCIONA has donated more than $130,000 over the past 10 years to many local groups. Projects funded in 2018 totalled over $22,000 and contributed to the following:
Installation of solar panels on the clubrooms at Clunes Bowling Club;
Community garden works at the Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre;
Water tank installation and vegetable patch regeneration at the Waubra Pre-School;
Equipment for the Waubra Football Netball Club;
The Ballarat Science and Engineering Challenge through the Rotary Club of Wendouree;
New cool room installation at the Learmonth Community Complex;
The Energy Breakthrough teams from Talbot Primary School and Clunes Primary School;
Kitchen garden program scholarships and supplies at Miners Rest Primary School;
Mural creation at Beaufort Secondary College;
International Organisation of Booktowns (I.O.B.) World Conference 2018 facilitated by Creative Clunes as part of the Clunes Booktown Festival; and
The annual Pyrenees Art Council exhibition.
In 2018, Ballarat Grammar graduates Kaitlyn Hancock and Hannah DeBuhr made the move to study at universities in Melbourne with the help of the ACCIONA Waubra Wind Farm Education Scholarship.
A $5000 scholarship will help Kaitlyn study a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne. She hopes to move into environmental science, conservation or sustainability through science studies.
Hannah was awarded a $2500 scholarship on behalf of the Community Benefit Fund to assist her move to study a Bachelor of Industrial Design at Monash University. Hannah hopes to create innovative sustainable and eco-friendly products through industrial design.
ACCIONA has developed a Bushfire Mitigation Plan which outlines the procedures, standards, codes and guidelines that ACCIONA employs to minimise the chance of bushfires starting as a result of the operation of the Waubra Wind Farm.
The Bushfire Mitigation Plan has been prepared in accordance with the Electricity Safety (Bushfire Mitigation) Regulations 2018 (Vic) and can be found here.
Turbine installation commenced in December 2007 and was completed in June 2009. The first turbines began generating green power in February 2009 and energisation and commissioning was completed in July 2009.
ACCIONA Windpower, supplied the turbine components and managed the construction of the wind turbines. The towers were produced by Keppel Prince Engineering, a local company based in Portland. Victoria, and Haywards Engineering in Tasmania. The nacelles and hubs were manufactured by ACCIONA Windpower in Pamplona, Spain, and the blades by Tecsis in Brazil.