Warburton Community Hydro

Complete design, project manage and construct

Project Summary

Originally a vision by a local community group to refurbish and grid connect an old 1930’s turbine, this project evolved over many years to become a full ground-up design and construct project using modern equipment and world leading innovations. Driven by a group of dedicated local volunteers and backed by the community sponsorship arm of the Warburton and Yarra Junction Community Bank Branches®, the project breaks new ground in the emerging community-driven renewable energy sector.

River Power Tasmania was engaged to:

  • Design the scheme in its entirety, including intake works, pipeline, underground powerhouse, turbine sound attenuation, grid connection, turbine and electrical specification and site access
  • Provide professional services to assist with planning permit, water licence, grid connection, power purchase, LGC accreditation, land lease agreements etcetera
  • Act as the Owners Representative, managing the procurement and successful delivery of all components including the HDPE pipeline, hydroelectric turbine and electrical control equipment
  • Construct and install of all balance of plant components

The plant was commissioned in September 2019.

The Warburton Community Hydro project was made possible by financial and in-kind support from the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Yarra Ranges Council and energy retailer Powershop.

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  • Constructed 2018
  • Dam Storage – NIL
  • Pipe length: 859m
  • Pipeline outside diameter: 450mm
  • Max design flow: 206l/s
  • Head: 68.3m
  • Max output: 100kw
  • Annual generation: 820MWh