About wind power
How much power will the wind farm generate?
How do wind turbines work?
The wind turbines are grouped together and linked to the wind farm substation using underground cables.
How will the wind farm be connected to the grid?
How fast does the wind need to be blowing for the turbines to operate?
Turbines will start operating at speeds of approximately 18km per hour. To protect equipment from damage, turbines will stop operating and turn out of the wind when wind speeds exceed 90km per hour.
Are wind farms noisy?
About the project
Who is developing the project?
Granville Harbour Wind Farm is being developed and constructed by Palisade Investment Partners, an independent Australian-based infrastructure manager with experience in clean energy projects.
The project is being financed by Palisade’s Renewable Energy Fund (50.2%) and leading international infrastructure investor, John Laing (49.8%).
Granville Harbour Operations Pty Ltd (GHO) will manage the project on behalf of Palisade Investment Partners.
When will the wind farm start generating energy?
Will there be local employment or business opportunities?
The Granville Harbour wind farm is expected to create around 200 temporary jobs during construction and six permanent jobs. During the construction period there will also be flow-on benefits for the local economy, particularly the nearby town of Zeehan and its local businesses.
Are you engaging with the local community?
Should you have a query, or wish to know more, please contact us.
Can members of the public access the site?
Will Granville Farm continue to operate as a beef cattle farm?
What will happen at the end of the project?
When will the wind farm be oprational?
Granville Harbour Wind Farm began generating electricity in February 2020 and is expected to be fully operational by late 2020.
How many people will be employed during operations?
A team of six permanent employees are needed to support the ongoing operations and maintenance of the wind farm. The majority of these employees will be based at the wind farm site.arm is complete.
Will the wind farm be visible to local residents?
Will significant amounts of vegetation be removed?
What about protected species?
Bird surveys of the site have also been conducted over the decades. These have found that the site supports very few birds of prey or waterbirds, groups considered more vulnerable than others to collision with operating turbines, which may be due to the modified agricultural landscape of the site.
When the wind farm is operational monitoring for bird and bat collisions with wind turbines will be undertaken to continually assess impact on local species.
Will there be impacts on nearby coastal areas?
What will you do to manage traffic impacts?
Transport of large items to site will follow an approved transport route from the Port of Burnie to site and notifications of potential disruptions will be advised where possible.
Will the wind farm increase bushfire risks?
The transmission line will have a full-width cleared easement to ensure trees do not contact the line and cause outages or the risk of ignition.
Do you plan to expand the project in the future?
How will you manage waste?
Have you conducted extensive logging to construct the transmission line?
To build the transmission line that will connect with wind farm to the energy grid we have utilised an existing easement, adjacent to Heemskirk Road. This route was considered optimal in that it reduced the extent of clearing required.
All works associated with the wind farm’s construction must be carried out in accordance with the licences and approvals we have received. These impose clear conditions on us to manage environmental impacts, including impacts to native vegetation.
What are your plans for transporting large wind turbine components from Burnie to site?
Significant planning and analysis has been undertaken to determine the best way to deliver parts for the wind farm’s 31 turbines – including tower sections, blades, nacelles and other components.
See the Transport page on this website for more information.
Will there be any road closures?
No road closures are planned, however oversize vehicles travel slowly which may cause some delay. Similarly, escorts may hold traffic at certain points to allow for the safe passage of delivery trucks.
Which route will the delivery trucks take?
The approved transport route from Burnie to Granville Harbour goes via the Bass Highway, Massy-Greene Drive, Old Surrey Road, Ridgley Highway, Murchison Highway, Anthony Road, Zeehan Highway and Heemskirk Road.