Woodend Integrated Sustainable Energy group (WISE) have proceeded to instal a wind measuring mast near Woodend to measure the potential for their proposed community wind farm (which is prevented from going ahead by the state government’s 2011 anti-wind laws).
You can now view the real-time data from the wind mast on their website (and, soon, on a display in the Woodend newsagent).
You can also help them by completing their short community survey online.
At the time of posting this, the online data show the following (based on the proposed community wind park consisting of three Nordex N80 2.5MW wind turbines):
Average wind speed (last 24 hours): 7.9m/second (28 km/h) – a great speed for turbines
2,717,756 kilowatt hours would have been generated to date (enough for 2,362 homes at 16kwh per home per day)
2990 tonnes of CO2 emissions would have been avoided (calculated at the rate of 1.1 tonnes per megawatt hour)
Total revenue generated would be $326,131 (calculated at a conservative $0.12/kWh tariff) leading to a projected annual revenue $1,665,217.