The Inverleigh Wind Farm is located 7km south east of Inverleigh and 10km north east of Winchelsea in Surf Coast Shire, Victoria. The project has been redesigned for up to 16 wind turbine generators with an indicative capacity of 4.8MW, co-located solar generation and battery storage. Subject to final turbine selection, solar and battery storage sizing, the installed capacity is expected to be up to 76.8MW of wind, 16-22MW of solar and approximately 12MW of battery storage which is expandable giving an indicative total installed capacity of 110.8MW. This will provide enough power for up to 54,000 homes and require an investment of up to $200 million. The site was previously know as the Winchelsea Wind Farm and received approval for 13 wind turbine generators and associated equipment from the Council and on appeal to VCAT in 2008. The generation of wind power along with the co-location of solar generation and battery storage at Inverleigh Wind Farm will provide construction and ongoing jobs for Victorians and help meet the State Government’s Victorian Renewable Energy Target while supporting the local network.


An 80m mast with wind measuring equipment was erected on site in 2008. Over 2 years of on-site wind data has been collected and analysed with other regional site wind data, to establish a long term correlation of over 10 years and confirming good wind characteristics suitable for the development of a wind farm.

A Planning Application is currently being prepared and when available will displayed on this web site which will be also be advertised in local papers.

See the History section for more details and the Planning section of any planning application and or process.

project benefits

  • Generating Capacity: 110.8MW.
  • Greenhouse Gas Savings/Year: approximately 220,000 tonnes CO2 equivalent.
  • Homes Powered: approximately 54,000 homes.
  • Capital Cost: approximately AUD$200m.
  • 377 FTE positions during construction.
  • 18.8 ongoing direct FTE positions.
  • AUD$91m contribution to State GDP during construction.
  • AUD$2-3m contribution to State GDP on an annual ongoing basis.
  • Total electrical energy output is estimated at 310 GWh pa.
  • Victoria has 17% of national wind capacity and 20% of all Wind Turbine Generator’s in Australia.
  • IWF could lift the Victoria share by 15%.


All contact at this stage should be directed by email to;


Closer to the main construction phase of the project, please watch this page  and tab for details on over dimension, over weight traffic movements, major project milestones, open days and other construction news and updates.

There is a project specific contact form available here.

The FAQ section has the answers to a number of common queries with respect to Wind Farms. Click here.


This tab includes updates on planning matters related to the wind farm project. Full details will be posted on the Planning page here.

The Vic Govt Planning Wind Farm Guidelines contain sample permit conditions to give an example of what these may be. View here.

The Minister of Planning called in both the wind farm and solar farm applications. They were referred to an Advisory Panel which sat in Feb 2019. A typical turnaround time frame for an Advisory Panel report is 6 weeks with release expected in April 2019. Maps and Development Plan images can be viewed here.

Community Engagement

  • For Project history click here.
  • For details on the proposed Community Fund should the project proceed click here.
  • For details on the the type of Community Engagement Committee envisaged for the project click here.
  • For details on the projects Planning status and updates click here.
  • To contact the project proponent using the form on this web site click here.

Other Wind Energy References

wind farm planning guidelines

The Victorian Government DELWP web site has a Wind Energy page which contains the latest Wind Energy Facility Policy and Planning Guidelines, the Plan Changes and Sample Planning Permit Conditions here.  A list of all the Wind Projects in Victoria can also be viewed here.  

Clean Energy Council

 The Clean Energy Council provides a number of fact sheets  and researched reports & publications on topical issues with respect to Wind Energy in Australia such as health, decommissioning, property price impacts, benefits, community engagement and suggested best practice guidelines. These can be viewed here. 

wind farms a guide for communities

A recommended publication for communities and or neighbours new to a wind farm can be viewed here. Some Councils use Community Engagement Committees (CEC) as a key part of their approach. Details on the sample CEC are available here.  

benefits of wind energy in australia

 Wind energy is the least expensive form of large-scale renewable energy generation capable of meeting Australia's international, national and State based targets. Wind farming can help farmers generate vital extra income, make better use of land, and ensure against market downturns. Wind farms also provide jobs.