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 percent 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.
Anyone can visit the wind farm’s viewing area on Sheoak Beach Road, just 3 km south west of Edithburgh. Entry is free.
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.
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.
|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 polyseter|
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. In this regard, the AGL Wattle Point Wind Farm Community Fund has been designed to support communities surrounding AGL operations on the Yorke Peninsula.
Applications for the Community Fund open once a year to support local community initiatives and/or activities. Throughout 2019, AGL supported events such as the Edithburgh Progress Association’s Day at the ‘Burgh’.
For more information about the Community Fund, please contact AGLCommunity@agl.com.au.
As South Australia’s largest electricity generator, AGL has an obligation to frequently engage with key local stakeholders. These stakeholders may include Federal and State Members of Parliament, the Regional Council of Goyder, the Northern Areas Council, relevant Government Departments, as well as key community groups.
AGL is committed to an open, honest and transparent relationship with the communities in which it operates. Sometimes certain information cannot be divulged for legal, technical, or commercial reasons. Should this be the case, we will still endeavour to find an answer.
You can get in touch with us at through the below channels.
AGL Community Complaints and Enquiries Hotline: 1800 039 600
AGL Community Energy Offer
At AGL, we understand that there needs to be a benefit to the communities that surround our electricity and gas generation sites. That’s why, in 2019, we launched a specialised Community Offer that is tailored to the communities in which we operate.
Visit agl.com.au/CommunityOffer to check your eligibility and to sign up.