Cape Bridgewater wind farm opens its gates

27 February 2013

Local residents and tourists alike had the chance to enjoy getting up close to a wind turbine when Pacific Hydro threw open the doors of its Cape Bridgewater wind farm, located in Southwest Victoria, earlier this month for free walking tours in support of the wider Victorian Sustainable Living Festival.

Completed in 2008, the Cape Bridgewater wind farm comprises of 29 wind generators and produces enough energy to meet the annual needs of 35,000 households, with an average electricity generation of 200GWh per year.

During the tours, which were guided by Community Relations Coordinator Holly Marsh, visitors were able to inspect a turbine up close and learn more about Pacific Hydro, the Cape Bridgewater project and job roles related to wind energy.

A diverse range of groups and individuals took up the offer with more than 100 people touring the wind farm over the course of the week. Visitors included school, TAFE and kindergarten students as well as tourists.

Feedback was positive with many visitors expressing amazement at the size of the towers but also how quiet the turbines sounded.

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