Yaloak South wind farm
Located an hour west of Melbourne approximately 15 kilometres south of Ballan, the Yaloak South Wind Farm commenced construction in late 2016 and construction completed in June 2018, 25 days ahead of schedule.
The project comprises fourteen Senvion MM92 wind turbine generators, rated at 2.05MW each, providing a total installed capacity of 28.7MW with a maximum hub height of 80m and maximum tip height of 126.25m.
The project has been built in the southern section of the Parwan Valley, which is predominantly cleared agricultural land used for cropping and livestock grazing. Initial plans for a 70 turbine, 115MW capacity wind farm at the site were amended following concerns from local residents of the Parwan Valley about the potential impact on the wedge-tail eagle population and the visual amenity of the local area.
The revised project layout has been designed to reduce potential impacts on native vegetation, wedge tail eagles, Aboriginal cultural heritage, and the landscape.
The facility is one of the closest wind farms to Melbourne and is expected to create ongoing interest from both tourists and schools who want to learn more about this clean energy source.
The reduction in size of the wind farm also enables the export of the power generated into the local electricity network, via a short grid extension to the existing 66kV line located along Hamills Lane. This connection is screened by existing vegetation, and has minimal visual impact on native vegetation and cultural heritage.
For any complaints, enquiries or feedback about this project, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1800 730 734.
Visual Screening Program
Pacific Hydro is offering visual screening for individual residences located close to the project. This program is open for twelve months following construction completion and therefore closes in June 2019.
If you live within 3km of the project and wish to be considered for visual screening, please contact us at email@example.com, by phone on 1800 730 734, or download and complete an expression of interest.
Yaloak South Community Fund
The Yaloak South Community Fund has been established to share the benefits of Pacific Hydro’s Yaloak South Wind Farm with the community. $28,000 will be available each year over the 25-year life of the project. Expressions of interest are now invited for new members to join the Yaloak South Community Partnerships Group which has been empowered to decide how these funds should be allocated. Read more on the Yaloak South Community Fund page.
Regular updates were provided to the community during construction. Updates and information about the project are archived here and on the Pacific Hydro Community Noticeboard. You can also subscribe for project updates by contacting us.
23 February 2018 – Project Update
5 December 2017 – Project Update
16 November 2017 – Project Update
5 October 2017 – Project Update
24 August 2017 – Project Update
14 July 2017 – Project Update
25 May 2017 – Project Update
31 March 2017 – Project Update
03 March 2017 – Construction Traffic
13 February 2017 - Project Update
22 November 2016 - Completion of road upgrade works
22 September 2016 - Commencement of Construction
29 August 2016 - Pop-up information session advertisement
26 August 2016 - Pop-up information session letter