Welcome

Wind Farm Developments ("WFD") is a special purpose company formed to originate, develop, project manage, finance and commission, utility scale wind farm developments on high wind speed, complex terrain wind farm sites, in Australia and New Zealand. The principals involved with WFD have been involved in the wind industry since starting in New Zealand in 1996, and Australia since 2000. The company has more recently focused on just Australia, with a particular emphasis on Victoria, Northern NSW and South Australia.

TYPICAL TIMELINE

Each project has  a unique timeline but the typical steps are;

  • Grid capacity;
  • Landowner interest;
  • Resource verification;
  • Community consultation;
  • Preliminary design;
  • Design feedback;
  • Survey work for constraints;
  • Reiterate design for constraints;
  • Landowner approval of design;
  • Submit to Planning Authority;
  • Further information or design changes;
  • Public Notification of Planning application;
  • Planning process;
  • Turbine equipment selection;
  • Connection agreement;
  • Financial Close and construction.

BENEFITS

Benefits will vary by project but using a 16 turbine wind farm with 22MW of co-located solar and 10 battery containers as an small to medium scale example- in Victoria - the indicative numbers are;

  • Greenhouse Gas Savings/Year: approximately 220,000 tonnes CO2 equivalent.
  • Homes Powered: approximately 54,000 homes.
  • Annual output up ro 363 GWh pa.
  • 377 FTE positions during construction.
  • 18.8 ongoing direct FTE positions.

CONTACTS

General Queries - email.

Email: Contractor Inquiries - email

Job Inquiries- email

Australia

Wind Farm Developments Pty Ltd

  • 906/31 Spring Street
  • Melbourne Vic 3000

New Zealand

Wind Farm Developments

  • PO Box 10905
  • Wellington 6143

PLANNING

The Vic Govt Planning Wind Farm Guidelines contain sample permit conditions to give an example of what these may be. View here.

NSW Govt Planning Wind Farm requirements can be viewed here.

SA Govt Planning Wind Farm requirements can be viewed here.

Clean Energy Council recommended best practice guidelines for wind farms can be viewed here.

What WFD does;

  • Traditional developer type services targeted at utility scale wind farms on high wind speed complex terrain sites;
  •  Identification of suitable wind farm development sites reflecting, local environment and commercial considerations;
  •  A focused approach to attain on cost, on time and on yield new renewable energy developments;
  •  An outsource avenue for investors in wind farms seeking the input and active participation of a proven developer;
  •  Project management of wind farm development, financing, construction, commissioning, and operation expertise and experience.

Our Latest Projects

woolsthorpe wind farm

The Woolsthorpe Wind Farm (WWF) is located 25km inland from the coast, 4km west of Woolsthorpe and 10km south-east of Hawkesdale in South West Victoria, Australia. The project has an existing development approval for up to 20 wind turbine generators and associated equipment with a potential installed capacity of 55-68MW depending on the final turbine selection. The estimated total capital cost is approximately AUD$115-$145 million. The generation of wind electrical energy at Woolsthorpe will help meet Victoria’s growing demand for green power as well as providing construction and ongoing jobs for Victorians. 

Link to project web site here.

naroghid wind farm

The Naroghid Wind Farm project (NWF) is located approximately 7km south east of Camperdown in south west Victoria, Australia. The site has previously received a development approval for up to 21 wind turbines in 2008 but is being redesigned  and re consented to reflect the new technology with up to 12 new wind turbine generators proposed making a total capacity of 43.2-48MW depending on the final turbine selection. Total capital cost is estimated at AUD$90-$100 million. The generation of wind power at NWF will help meet Victoria’s growing demand for green power as well as providing construction and ongoing jobs in rural and regional Victoria.

Link to project web site here.

inverleigh wind farm

The Inverleigh Wind Farm is located 7km south east of Inverleigh and 10km north east of Winchelsea in Surf Coast Shire, Victoria. The project has been redesigned for up to 16 wind turbine generators with an indicative capacity of 5.3MW, co-located solar generation and battery storage. Subject to final turbine selection, solar and battery storage sizing, the installed capacity is expected to be up to 84.8MW of wind, 16-22MW of solar and approximately 12MW of battery storage which is expandable giving an indicative total installed capacity of 110.8MW. This will provide enough power for up to 54,000 homes and require an investment of up to $200 million.

Link to project web site here.

NSW energy cluster

The NSW Energy Cluster project is a unique large utility scale new renewable energy development proposed for the New England area of NSW. The project is combination of up to three wind farm sites and a single solar PV generation facility along with battery storage co-located at the connection point. The project is located in the Tamworth - Armidale area. Subject to final turbine selection, solar and battery storage sizing, the installed capacity is expected to be up to a combined total of approximately 400MW-480MW of electrical energy. The project is in the preliminary design phase having been the subject of a detailed Feasibility Study confirming its viability. 

Link to project web site here.

Other Projects

  •  Taraua Wind Farm
  • WFD in addition to being involved with stage 1 of the TWF project which included installation of 48 Vestas V47 660kW wind turbines on lattice towers completed in the last quarter of 1999, successfully obtained the necessary permits and regulatory approvals to develop stage 2 of the TWF Project. Stage 2 of the TWF wind farm included the addition of a further 55 V47 660kW wind turbines. Finally a stage 3 of 33 Vestas V90 3.0MW turbines was added by TrustPower in 2007. More detail here.
  • Wainui Hills Wind Farm
    This project was originated in 2003 and was awarded some Emission Reduction Units in 2005 as a result of a successful tender but was unable to prove up as a commercially viable proposition in the time frame required.
  • Wattle Point Wind Farm
    WFD's interest in this wind farm was sold in 2004. The wind farm is an operating project. See here for more details.
  • Macarthur Wind Farm
    WFD's interest in this wind farm was sold in 2004. The wind farm is an operating project. See here for more details.
  • Hawkes Bay Wind Farm
    WFD's interest in this wind farm was sold in 2010. See here for more details.
  •  Drysdale Wind Farm
    The decision was taken to discontinue development of this consented project in 2011.
  •  The Sisters Wind Farm
    The decision was taken to discontinue development of this consented project in 2012.

 For reasons of confidentiality not all projects can be listed.