How long did it take to build the wind farm?
What technology does Neoen use to build its wind farms?
What is the life cycle of a wind farm?
How do wind turbines work?
How tall are the wind turbines?
Generally speaking wind turbines have a tip height of between 150 and 270 metres with approximately 500 metres between each turbine. However, this varies from project to project. Larger turbines generate more energy, are spaced further apart and have lower rotational speeds than smaller turbines.
How do you stop the wind turbines from impacting our landscape?
Overall, we consider that the immediate and long-term benefits which wind farms bring to communities offset any loss of visual amenity.
What technology will be used?
How does it work?
How will the battery reduce costs for consumers?
- supporting more wind and solar, which are now the cheapest forms of power
- increasing competition and pushing electricity prices down
- helping to avoid blackouts and the associated costs
Will the battery increase the risk of fire?
Are there any health risks?
What happens to the batteries when they reach the end of their life?
Do wind farms benefit the Australian/local economy?
- Direct employment of up to 48 construction workers, with each worker spending approximately $25,000 in the local area in shops, restaurants, hotels and other services (a total of up to $1.2 million)
- Indirect employment during the construction phase of approximately 160 people locally, 504 state jobs and 795 nationwide jobs
How much do renewables cost compared with other energy sources?
- Existing coal: approximately $40 per megawatt hour
- Combined gas-cycle generation: approximately $75 per megawatt hour
- New coal: approximately $130 per megawatt hour
Who pays for any road upgrades required?
Who will pay for any electrical transmission upgrades required?
Does Neoen require government subsidies to build its projects?
Who assesses the projects?
Do wind farms cause property values to decrease?
Health And Culture
Are there any health risks associated with wind farms?
Some 17 reviews of research literature conducted by leading health and research organisations from all over the world, including the World Health Organisation, Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Centre, the UK Health Protection Agency and the US National Research Council, have concluded there is no published evidence to positively link wind turbines with adverse health effects.
Can wind turbines’ noise affect local residents?
Will the project reduce air quality?
Visual observation of machinery is undertaken during site inspections in addition to daily pre-start checks which ensure all machinery has appropriate emission control devices, is in good working order and is maintained correctly.
Is cultural heritage taken into consideration?
Do wind turbines affect farm/domestic animals?
Stock including sheep and cattle take a couple of days to get used to wind turbines, and then are very comfortable with them – they rub up against turbines and use the shade from the towers during summer.
Do wind farms harm birds?
While it is a common concern that wind farms are harmful to birds, a study has shown that wind farm harm 17 times fewer birds per unit of electricity produced than fossil fuel generation.
Studies show that wind farms are probably responsible for impacting birds at rates that are:
- 400 times fewer than cars
- 500 times fewer than pesticides
- 1200 times fewer than high-tension wires