Renewable Energy IIG Wind Trust asset

Chepstowe Wind Farm

A three-turbine wind farm west of Ballarat in Victoria.

Published: November 23, 2017

About the Wind Farm

The Chepstowe Wind Farm is a 6.15 megawatt clean energy generator in western Victoria. It was commissioned in 2015, and is part-owned by the IIG Wind Trust. The farm sells all its electricity to Hydro Tasmania, through a 10-year power purchase agreement.

The wind farm plays its part in Australia’s transition to a clean energy economy. We expect it to provide enough carbon-neutral electricity to power approximately 4,000 homes. With the natural seasonal fluctuations it will sometimes generate more, and sometimes less.

As one of the funders, we worked closely with the developers Future Energy, a Melbourne based company established in 2004. Future Energy now manages the asset, with IIG represented on the Board of Directors.

Asset Type

Renewable Energy Infrastructure (Wind Farm)

Location

Chepstowe, Victoria (approximately 30 kilometres west of Ballarat, near the township of Snake Valley)

Power Purchase Agreement Counter-party

Hydro Tasmania

Developer and Manager

Future Energy

Impact

Helping Australia transition to a clean and healthy electricity system.
Impact Headlines
Power Generation 4,000 Homes*
Annual CO2-e Abatement 24,000 Tonnes*
Ongoing Employment (FTEs 2 Jobs

We’re very proud of The Chepstowe Windfarm. It was the first renewable energy project we co-invested in, and it’s delivering solid, positive impacts for our climate, and for Australian’s health and wellbeing. It has also benefited the bio-diversity of the local environment (and avoided harming any birds or bats).

We expect that the wind farm will produce approximately 21,071MWh of clean electricity each year, on average. That’s enough to power roughly 4,000 homes. Those figures fluctuate year-to-year, based on the seasonal wind-strengths. The wind farm is connected to the National Electricity Market in Victoria. In the state most power is generated from brown and black coal, which are amongst the worst fuels, from the standpoint of climate change, and meeting Australia’s commitments under the Paris Climate Accord.

Aside from the climate related impacts, the wind farm’s health and wellbeing benefits also come from avoiding coal-fired generation. Unlike Victoria’s coal-fired power plants, the wind farm has not released harmful environmental toxins such as nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide, mercury and particulate matter (i.e. fly ash). Over the life of the asset it is expected that 7331 Australians will be saved from pollution related diseases due to the reduction in harmful pollutants.

The wind farm completed its second year of Avifauna monitoring in 2017 as required under the planning permit. The monitoring confirmed that during the fi two-years of operation, no avifauna have been impacted by the turbines.
In a further contribution to biodiversity, during the 2017 financial year the wind farm operators undertook earthworks around an old nearby dam to create some wetlands for Brolga (a native crane with dwindling local populations). The site refurbishment, approximately one kilometre away, was completed prior to the Brolga breeding season and will be maintained by the landowner. The dam filled and Brolgas started to use the area in 2017.