Wind Farms & The Environment
Wind power is currently the cheapest source of large-scale renewable energy. It involves generating electricity from the naturally occurring power of the wind. Wind turbines capture wind energy within the area swept by their blades. The spinning blades drive an electrical generator that produces electricity for export to the grid.
The Lal Lal Wind Farm will have a generating capacity of ~220MW and is expected to generate more than 700 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity per annum. This is enough to power approximately 95,000 homes per year.
If you want to learn more about wind energy, the following websites may be useful:
National Wind Farm Commissioner:
Victoria’s renewable energy targets:
Wind energy projects in Victoria:
Environmental Assessments for Lal Lal Wind Farm
Many environmental assessments for the Lal Lal Wind Farm were undertaken to minimise impacts of construction and operations of the wind farm. For example, turbine locations were modified, as part of the approval process, to avoid or minimise impacts on threatened species or communities and their habitats.
Planning permit conditions outline a number of monitoring and management plans required to be prepared, in consultation with relevant authorities and to the satisfaction of the Minister for Planning. The mitigation, monitoring and management plans required by the planning permit include consideration of the following:
- Hazardous materials
- Water contamination, sediment and erosion control
- Waste control
- Sanitation and wastewater
- Construction practices
- Concrete batching plants
- Native flora and fauna protection
- Pest management
- Traffic management
- Bird and bat
- Noise Compliance
These plans are currently under preparation.