Albany Wind Farm
If you look along the coast from the city centre you will spy the twelve
enormous white turbines. They are postioned about 80m above the Southern Ocean ready to catch the winds coming
in from any direction . The turbines have a 65m tower and three 35m long blades and are the largest installed
in the southern hemisphere. They operate automatically with the blades ajusting to the wind speeds. The
maximum speed the blades can spin is 22RPM (which is one revolution every 3 secs).
The wind farm was officially opened in October 2001 and produces on average 77,000,000 units of electricity a
year. Albany relies both on the wind farm and Verve Energy’s large coal and gas fired power stations to keep the
If you are wondering of the benefts, the wind farm reduces greenhouse gas emissions by about 77,000 tonnes per
You can drive or cycle up and view the wind farm whenever you like as they are open to the public everyday.
There are paths, boardwalks and artwork to keep everyone amused.
When you stand under one of these giant turbines you can really appreciate their power. You can also understand
why they are 12kms from the city, they are quite noisy!
The turbines have been built to withstand extreme winds and have special lightning protection.