Powering South Australia with wind

In 2017, Wattle Point Wind Farm's 55 turbines generated enough renewable energy for up to 55,000 average Australian homes – two per cent of South Australia’s electricity.

The total cost of this project was $180 million when it was built in 2005. Back then, Wattle Point was Australia's largest wind farm. The site has a total capacity of 91 MW.

The rhythmic turning of the turbines begins to generate electricity in a light breeze of only nine kilometres per hour and reaches full production at winds of around 47 kilometres per hour. Blade speeds can reach up to 222 kilometres per hour but the turbines automatically shut down to avoid damage in gale force winds. It's a fascinating story and you can learn more at the free viewing area on Sheoak Beach Road, just 3 km south west of Edithburgh.


Location

Wattle Point Wind Farm is located 3 km south west of Edithburgh on the Yorke Peninsula, South Australia. The site covers a total area of 17.5 km2.

Latest update

The Australian Government recently announced that the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) would contribute $12 million towards a 30MW/8MWh battery storage facility, costing $30 million in total, to be located adjacent to Wattle Point Wind Farm. This initiative will create a small electricity grid powered by renewable energy that can deliver fast-acting power response in the instance of a major disruption beyond the local network, and also reduce congestion on the Heywood interconnector linking South Australia with Victoria.

This battery installation, due to be in operation by September 2018, will also be able to orchestrate the Wattle Point Wind Farm with local rooftop solar PV to ensure regional grid security.

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Project background

Construction of the Wattle Point Wind Farm started in July 2004 and was completed in May 2005 with the official opening held on 16 June 2005.

The first turbine was assembled on 30 November 2004, with each concrete foundation consisting of approximately 230 cubic metres. The turbines were lifted with the use of a large lattice boom crawler crane with a lifting capacity of 600 tonnes.

The site has a total capacity of 91 MW, producing renewable energy for approximately 55,000 average Australian homes – two per cent of South Australia’s electricity.

Turbine specifications

Category measurement     
Tower Height 68 m
Blade length 41 m
Rotor diameter 82 m
Blade rotation speed 14.4 rpm
Weight of blades 7.5 tonnes
Weight of nacelle 51 tonnes
 Towers Each tower comprises three sections:
Top (27 tonnes), middle (25 tonnes) and bottom (37 tonnes).
The towers are hollow with an internal access ladder for maintenance
 Blade material Blades are made from fibreglass-reinforced polyester

 

Community complaints and enquiries

If you would like to enquire or make a complaint about Wattle Point Wind Farm, please feel free to contact us via the following channels:

AGL Community Complaints & Enquiries Hotline: 1800 039 600

Email: AGLCommunity@agl.com.au

Mail: AGL Community Complaints & Enquiries, Locked Bag 3013, Australia Square NSW 1215

You can find out more about how AGL engages with the community here and access the Community Complaints and Feedback Policy here.

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Community engagement

AGL seeks to make a positive contribution to the Yorke Peninsula and every community in which it operates. As a major employer and investor in the region, AGL has partnered with the Yorke Peninsula Council to administer a fair and transparent community grants fund.

The AGL Wattle Point Wind Farm Community Fund has been designed for AGL to fulfil its responsibilities as a participant in the local area, and to support communities affected by AGL operations in the Yorke Peninsula region.

In 2017/18, AGL has set aside an amount of $30,000 (excluding GST) for communities and/or community groups within the area serviced by the Yorke Peninsula Council to support local community initiatives and/or activities. It should be noted that 2018/19 will likely see a return to the usual funding amount of $15,000 (excluding GST).

We are looking forward to announcing the recipients of the most recent round of community funding, joining the Edithburgh Progress Association’s Day at the ‘Burgh and the Ardrossan Area School’s Aerosol Art Foreshore Project as initiatives proudly supported by AGL.

Through these projects and beyond, we are committed to developing and maintaining excellent relationships with the communities we operate in. To get in touch with suggestions, questions and comments about Wattle Point Wind Farm, contact AGLCommunity@agl.com.au

Stakeholder meetings

As part of our efforts towards effective community engagement, we regularly meet with key stakeholders in the community. AGL has worked collaboratively with the Yorke Peninsula Council, the Edithburgh Progress Association and the Ardrossan Area School to support local initiatives. We are working to expand opportunities for participation in local events and forums in 2018 as we deepen our connections throughout regional and metropolitan South Australia.

Contact

Please contact us for more information about the Wattle Point Wind Farm.

Email: AGLCommunity@agl.com.au