The planning application for the Ferguson Wind Farm was lodged with the Minister for Planning in July 2016. The application has been assessed against the Policy and Planning Guidelines for the Development of Wind Energy Facilities in Victoria which sets standards and limits including the following:
Following the assessment by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), the Minister issued Planning Permit No PA1600139 on 12 April 2017 to Ferguson Wind Farm Pty Ltd.
Due to dramatic changes to wind turbine design in the last year, the higher turbines are much more efficient and therefore provide much more energy. As such, on May 2018, Ferguson Wind Farm applied with DELWP to amend the permit in regard to the overall height of the wind turbines. The approved height is 150 m to the blade tip and we are now seeking approval to raise this to 200 m. Click here to see the main impacts of this change.
The proposed Ferguson Wind Farm will consist of up to 3 turbines with up to 3.7MW capacity each and up to 200m height to the tip of the blade.
The turbines will be separated from each other by several hundred metres with access tracks between them leading to the site entrance on Princetown Road.
All cables within the site will be laid underground. The wind farm will connect to the existing 22 kV electricity network in the area and will produce the equivalent energy usage of around 4000 households.