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Oaklands Hill Wind Farm produces enough clean, green energy power to power approximately 35,000 average Australian households annually.

With 32 wind-turbines, generating a total of 63 MW of power annually, the Oaklands Hill Wind Farm will provide renewable energy to the National energy market for at least 25 years.

Development and Maintenance

AGL commenced construction on site in mid 2010 with practical completion achieved in February 2012.  Suzlon Energy Australia Pty Ltd (SEA) was awarded the Engineer Procure & Construct (EPC) contract for the AGL Oaklands Hill Wind Farm project. There are 32 SUZLON S88 turbines at the AGL Oaklands Hill Wind Farm with a capacity of 2.1MW each. The total output from the wind farm is capped at 63MW.

Location

The $200m AGL Oaklands Hill Wind Farm is made up of 32 wind turbines located on 2,323 hectares of freehold agricultural land 3km south of Glenthompson, in the shire of Southern Grampians in Western Victoria.

As indicated in the map linked below, the wind farm is located on eight properties that are predominately used for sheep and cattle grazing. The location was chosen for its high potential wind harvesting capacity.

Map: Oaklands Hill Wind Farm

Consultation

Stakeholder consultation has always been very important to the development, construction and operation of the wind farm. AGL undertook a wide range of comprehensive studies to determine the impact on ecology, landscape, cultural heritage, visual amenity and other environmental factors such as noise. The AGL Oaklands Hill Wind Farm project underwent a robust development process resulting in a planning permit issued in late 2008.

AGL continues to work closely with landowners, the community and local and state authorities to mitigate and minimise impact of the wind farm.

Environmental Benefits 

The AGL Oaklands Hill Wind Farm generates enough clean, green energy during periods of peak demand to power approximately 35,000 average Australian households per year, with a greenhouse gas emission savings of approximately 175,000 tonnes per annum. It will contribute to the federal government's expanded Renewable Energy Target which aims to have 20% of the country's electricity generated from renewable sources by 2020.

The Wind Farm had a payback period of 'embodied energy' of approximately five months, meaning that the total amount of carbon emissions created during construction of the farm would have been offset by operation within five months.

Key Statistics: Oaklands Hill Wind Farm

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