About the Wind Farm

The Brewster Wind Farm will consist of up to seven wind turbine generators with a combined capacity of approximately 40 megawatts (MW), and will generate enough power for approximately 18,000 homes.

The location of the proposed Brewster Wind Farm is shown on map below. This site was chosen for the following reasons:

  • It receives undisturbed wind flow with strong, consistent wind speeds.
  • There are large setbacks to houses.
  • There will be minimal effects on flora and fauna.
  • It is in close proximity to the electrical grid; and
  • It offers easy access for construction.

Environmental Benefits

The wind farm will have significant environmental benefits as it will replace energy that would otherwise be generated by burning fossil fuels.

Energy output per year (estimated)

165,600 MWh

Greenhouse gas abatement per year through 
the reduction in carbon-based generation

165,000 Tonnes CO2

Number of households that can be powered 
by green energy annually

~18,000

Equivalent number of cars whose emissions
will be offset.

~24,000 pa

Equivalent number of trees which would provide
the same emissions reduction.

~1,750,000

Source: https://www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator

Connection to the Electricity Grid

Detailed engineering studies are underway to determine the design and construction of the electrical grid connection, in close consultation with the local network operator Powercor. These engineering studies have revealed that, as part of the connection process, the wind farm will cover the cost of upgrading approximately 18 km of the powerline leading back to Ballarat, which will significantly improve the safety and reliability of the local grid for all users in the surrounding area. Importantly, these line works will not result in any new overhead powerlines.

Meteorological Monitoring

We recently installed a new meteorological mast to replace the previous one that was damaged by high winds in October of last year.  Like the previous mast, the new mast supports meteorological monitoring equipment that measures, records and transmits wind velocity and direction data. This essential data informs the design of the wind turbines to ensure they achieve maximum efficiency while minimising wear and tear.