Codrington wind farm
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, with 14 turbines and an installed capacity of 18.2 MW.
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.
Tourism in the region is now flourishing with the wind farm attracting about 50,000 visitors annually.
Our landholders receive ongoing revenue payments and since the 14 turbines and roads take up less than 1 per cent of the land, their sheep and cattle grazing activities are able to continue unaffected.