Harnessing westerly winds

Harnessing westerly winds

The nation is transitioning to renewable energy, but have you ever wondered how a wind farm works? Now’s your chance to find out. 

Woolnorth Wind Farm is opening the gates to Studland Bay Wind Farm next weekend as part of a nationwide Clean Energy Council initiative. 

“This day really is for anyone who would be interested in seeing an operating power station,” general manager Stephen Ross said, of the free event. 

Established in 2007, Studland Bay Wind Farm produces 75 megawatts of energy from its 25 turbines for the Tasmanian electricity network. That’s around two per cent of Tassie’s annual energy requirements, Mr Ross said. 

The wind turbines tower over the land in the west at 124 metres to the tip of the blade. 

At Bluff Point Wind Farm next door, 37 wind turbines standing at 92 metres tall have operated on site since 2002. 

“This is an opportunity to look at an operating renewable energy power station, to talk to the people who work there, ask questions and step inside a wind turbine,” Mr Ross said. 

Located 36 kilometres west of Smithton at 1277 Woolnorth Road, take a Sunday drive out to Studland Bay Wind Farm on October 27 to find out about the operation. 

A courtesy bus service will run from The Smithton Club on Smith Street, leaving at 9.30am and 11am and returning to Smithton by 12.30pm and 2pm. 

The wind farm will be open from 10am to 2pm where visitors will take a guided tour by bus around the site, chat to the wind farm’s workers, look at the workshop and step inside the entry level of a turbine. 

There will be a free sausage sizzle to fill rumbling tummies before the drive home too. 

To find out more, visit www.woolnorthwind.com.au.