Articles from Australia

Crusader Brown turns against wind farm

He said the public had not been properly informed of the private deals, or public impacts or cost-benefit analyses (economic, social, cultural and environmental) of what would be one of the biggest wind farm projects on Earth. He said details of the arrangements between the Hammond family, which farmed wagyu beef and owned the land, and developer UPC Renewables were not known. “Tasmanians have a right to know much more about the Robbins Island development,” Dr Brown said. “It is a huge resource extraction venture which will be lighting up no Tasmanian homes.”
15 Jul 2019

Brown’s wind-farm conversion highlights reality

Bob Brown’s objection to a wind farm highlights two important facts: renewables do affect the ecology and activists’ solutions tend towards exporting their environmental responsibilities rather than addressing them at home. In the US large-scale solar and wind farms are now having measurable effects on the environment and there are signs of resistance to new projects.
15 Jul 2019

Award-winning sheep farmers sue AGL over wind farm construction

In a statement of claim filed with the Supreme Court in January, the Gardners say 260 of their 400 ultra-fine-wool sheep died after construction on AGL's adjoining Macarthur Wind Farm, near Hamilton in western Victoria, from late 2011 to mid-2012. They allege dust emissions caused by construction of the wind farm were "noxious" and "caused a material injury to the sheep".
30 Jun 2019

Wind farmn noise recorded almost 9km away

“The prevalence of AM has not been widely reported either in Australia or worldwide, although it’s well known that it results in increased annoyance in listening tests – and has also been cited in complaints from residents living near wind farms,” says Dr Hansen, who led the study. An audible indoor low-frequency tone was amplitude modulated at the blade-pass frequency for 20% of time at 2.4km. Audible AM also occurred for a similar percentage of the day over a broad range of wind farm power outputs of between 40% and 85% of total capacity.
19 Jun 2019

Can wind turbines disturb sleep? Research finds pulsing audible in homes up to 3.5km away

The report's authors, led by research fellow Kristy Hansen, said the findings "have important implications for possible sleep disruption" from wind farms, particularly in quiet rural areas, and further work was warranted. More research was also needed to determine the year-round prevalence of audible wind turbine pulsing, as well as to quantify the extent to which people find the noise annoying, the report said.
18 Jun 2019

Kennedy solar-wind-battery project stuck in connection doldrums

Project developer Windlab said on Monday that construction of the project – which combines 43.5MW of wind, 15MW of solar and a 4MW Tesla battery installation has now been completed for a number of months (since last December), and still not switched on. “However, the project is experiencing delays in completion of its generator performance standards and subsequent registration as a generator,” Windlab said in a statement.
17 Jun 2019

Fierce backlash to Barossa wind farm

Wombat Awareness Organisation founder Brigitte Stevens was concerned about the project’s impact on southern hairy-nosed wombats. “By the time they put in all the trenches and the roads, the wombats aren’t going to stand a chance,” Ms Stevens said. “The wombats are just going to move to farming properties and could succumb to disease or stress.”
23 May 2019

Kojonup project in the wind

Developers of a wind farm near Kojonup have blamed government uncertainty for a nearly six-month construction delay. Moonies Hill Energy’s Flat Rocks wind farm, 35km outside Kojonup, was set to begin construction in October last year.
22 Mar 2019

Wind and solar plants hit by massive de-ratings in congested grid

Owners of wind and solar farms in Australia’s main National Electricity Market are being warned that they face another significant de-rating of their output as a result of the increasingly congested grid. ...Under the draft calculations for 2019/20, some wind and solar projects have been significantly derated, and face losses of output of 20 percent or more, undermining their economic viability.
9 Mar 2019

Out-of-control grass fire travelling towards wind farm

An out-of-control grass fire near Ararat in western Victoria is travelling quickly towards a large wind farm, with those in the area told to leave immediately. An emergency warning was originally issued for the grass fire which has crossed the Western Highway near Buangor, but the warning was quickly downgraded to a watch and act alert.
27 Feb 2019

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