Understand the project some more

How do you choose a site for a potential wind farm?

A lot of work goes into finding the right site for a potential wind farm. There are many factors to consider, such as:

  • The availability of wind
  • Access to the electricity grid
  • Current land use
  • Environmental impacts
How much energy is in wind?

The energy content of wind is directly proportional to the swept area of the rotor, the air density and the cube of wind velocity. Simply put, if the wind speed doubles, the energy in the wind increases 8 times.

i.e. Power = [constant] x [air density] x [rotor swept area] x [wind velocity]3

Modern wind turbines have been shown to convert approximately 40% of the kinetic energy in the wind into electrical energy. This is known as the “energy efficiency” of the wind turbine (not to be confused with the capacity factor).

Are wind farms noisy?

Modern wind turbines make relatively little noise. The level of sound can vary considerably depending on the shape of the land, the position of the listener and the speed of the wind. In most instances, it is possible to carry on a conversation at the base of a wind turbine without having to raise your voice.

What do they sound like?

The sound that a modern wind turbine produces is most commonly described as a cyclic whooshing or swishing sound.

Clean Energy Council - Are wind farms noisy?

Please visit the Clean Energy Council website HERE

Who owns the turbines?

The owner of the wind farm owns the turbines and is responsible for their safe operation and maintenance.

What happens to the turbines at the end of the project?

The owner of the wind farm is responsible for removing the turbines at the end of their working life.

Do wind farms affect tourism?

Yes, some wind farms have had a positive effect on tourism. For example, Pacific Hydro’s Codrington Wind Farm in southwest Victoria attracts 50,000 visitors each year through its successful tour operator business.

Do turbines cause fires?

In rural areas, electricity-related fires are most likely to result from damage to overhead power lines by falling branches. As all high-voltage connections for turbines around the site will be run underground, the risk of electricity-related fire is extremely low.

Each turbine is also fitted with a comprehensive lightning protection system that safely transfers any high voltages or currents directly to the earth without affecting turbine performance. However, any electrical facility has the potential to catch fire. The fire control methods for wind farms are the same as those used for all other high-voltage electrical assets.

What if I have a complaint about the Mt Mercer Wind Farm?

If you have a concern or complaint, please contact the Mt Mercer Wind Farm using any one of the methods below:

In writing:

Mt Mercer Wind Farm Pty Ltd
Suite 1, Level 1, 150 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

By Phone 1800 853 668

By Email: mtmercer@foresightgroupau.com

If your complaint is regarding an issue with noise, please include the following information:

  • The time and duration of the complaint incidence;
  • A description of the type of noise heard, including the direction from which the noise came and the origin of the noise if able to be determined;
  • Whether the noise was heard indoors or outdoors; and
  • Details of prevailing weather conditions, i.e. wind (strong, medium light), wind direction, storms or the like.

If we haven't answered your questions, we encourage you to reach out to our team.