The Codrington wind farm was Pacific Hydro’s first wind development and Australia’s first commercial wind farm.
Located near Port Fairy in southwest Victoria, the Codrington site was close to perfect with strong prevailing winds blowing off the Southern Ocean.
When it was officially opened by the Victorian Premier Steve Bracks in July 2001 it was also the largest wind farm in Australia.
The project comprises 14 AN Bonus 1.3 wind turbine generators, rated at 1.3MW each, providing a total installed capacity of 18.2MW. The turbines have a hub height of 50m and blade tip height of 81m.
The wind farm now generates enough electricity each year to supply the equivalent of 10,000 Victorian homes and each year avoids the emission of 49,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions – the equivalent to taking more than 17,000 cars off the roads.
More than A$9 million was injected into the regional economy during construction and development and over 30 jobs were created with local companies contracted to install roads, foundations, towers, transformers and cabling.
As part of the operation of the project, Pacific Hydro continues to invest in local community initiatives via the Sustainable Communities Fund. More information can be found here.
Wind farm tours are available year-round. Please contact Tim on [email protected] or 0419 188 715 for prices and availability.