Yambuk wind farm
The Yambuk wind farm is the first stage of Pacific Hydro’s four-stage Portland Wind Energy Project (PWEP) in southwest Victoria.
Located next to our Codrington wind farm, near Port Fairy, the site was chosen for its ideal wind conditions – it’s average annual wind speed of 30km/h is perfect for producing clean, non-polluting electricity.
Completed in 2005, the 30 MW Yambuk wind farm comprises 20 wind generators which produce enough energy to meet the annual needs of 35,000 homes per annum, with an average electricity generation of 100 GWh per year.
Its operations abate an estimated 100,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year, the equivalent of 30,000 cars being taken off the roads.
Valued at A$50 million, the Yambuk project directly injected A$20 million into the local economy and supported a building and maintenance crew of 60 people at the peak of its construction.
When construction of the project commenced, it also marked the opening of a nearby blade factory by Danish wind turbine maker Vestas.
Pacific Hydro’s Sustainable Communities fund is providing support for local organisations working to make a positive difference in the community for the life of the project.