Work soon to start at Eneabba wind farm

Geraldton Guardian
This type of turbine will be installed at the Warradarge wind farm near Eneabba.
Camera IconThis type of turbine will be installed at the Warradarge wind farm near Eneabba. Credit: Synergy

Work will soon begin on Western Australia’s newest wind farm at Warradarge near Eneabba in the Mid West.

Energy Minister Energy Minister Bill Johnston said the project was expected to create about 200 WA jobs during the construction phase, with the first power expected to be generated in 2020.

He said the 180 megawatt facility was recognised as one of the best renewable energy projects in Australia because of its location and abundant wind resource.

Its 51 turbines will be among the largest in WA with a tip height of 152m, sporting some of the longest blades onshore at 66m.

Western Power will construct the 10km transmission line from the wind farm sub-station to the network connection point near Eneabba.

The project will be funded and developed by Bright Energy Investments — a partnership between Synergy and the private sector launched by the McGowan Government in April.

Sustainable energy solutions company Vestas has been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction, and operations and maintenance contracts.

Other Bright Energy Investments projects include the Albany Grasmere Wind Farm and Greenough River Solar Farm near Geraldton.

Mr Johnston said the wind farm would have a total output of 180 megawatts with a 50 per cent capacity factor — the equivalent of the average annual electricity needs of 135,000 Western Australian homes.

“By developing renewables projects, we are demonstrating our commitment to ensuring our State meets its 2020 Large-scale Renewable Energy Target obligations,” he said.

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