Who We Are
Early development of a wind farm project in the Walcha area began in 2004. A project company, WinterbourneWind Pty Ltd (WWPL), was established to develop the wind farm project. In June 2019, Wind Power Invest (WPI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Danish wind energy company Vestas, acquired a majority stake (95%) in WWPL. Funded by Vestas, WWPL is now developing the wind farm project with the objective of commencing construction in 2023.
Vestas is a global leader in sustainable energy solutions. Vestas designs, manufactures, installs and services wind turbines around the world. Vestas has been active in Australia since 2001 and employs around 500 staff in Australia and New Zealand involved in the sales, construction and maintenance of wind farms.
Vestas is funding the development and design of this wind farm project, and is committed to supplying the wind turbines, managing project construction and providing long-term operation and maintenance services for the plant.
As part of an innovative community ownership and revenue sharing arrangement, 5% of WWPL is held by WalchaWind Pty Ltd, a private company owned by a group of local landowners. In the future, other project hosts and neighbours will be invited to become part of this company, and WalchaWind has committed to sharing the benefits it receives 50%:50% with the broader Walcha community. We believe this model will deliver durable financial and social benefits to the community and ensure the long-term success of the project.
WalchaEnergy Pty Ltd is a separate company developing other renewable energy projects in the Walcha area, including the Salisbury Solar Farm project to the northwest of the wind farm.