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Glenthompson turbines turned off at night

AGL is turning off nine turbines at its 32-turbine Oaklands Hill Wind Farm near Glenthompson each night due to concerns about noise.

Southern Grampians Shire mayor Robert Penny told Weekly Times Now he’d heard reports of a “clunking sound” and as a result the company was turning turbines off at night.

“There were some noise issues raised by the community. It was a clunking noise but I understand the company is getting rubber cogs from overseas,” Cr Penny said.

An AGL spokeswoman said the project was at the generation stage and the company’s standard practice was to have wind farms operating 24 hours a day.

“However, nine wind turbines at the Oaklands Hill Wind Farm are voluntarily being turned off from 8pm to 7am, to address current resident concerns regarding noise,” she said.

“This is a temporary measure until the installation of a permanent acoustic treatment has been implemented.

“Oaklands Hill Wind Farm remains compliant with regulatory noise requirements and the decision to turn off the turbines at night is a reflection of the high standards AGL places on all our assets.”