Construction to begin on new WA wind farm

Warradarge Wind Farm
Albany Wind Farm, WA

The WA government has given the green light for construction to begin at the 180-megawatt Warradarge Wind Farm, near Eneabba.

The project will be funded and developed by Bright Energy Investments (BEI) – a partnership between Synergy and the private sector launched by the McGowan Government in April 2018.

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

The Warradarge Wind Farm is recognised as one of the best renewable energy projects in Australia due to its location and abundant wind resource.

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

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

Other BEI projects include the Albany Grasmere Wind Farm and Greenough River Solar Farm near Geraldton.

WA Energy Minister Bill Johnston says he is delighted to announce the construction of the Warradarge Wind Farm will create up to 200 jobs for Western Australians.

“The wind farm will 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,” he said.

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Vestas’ orders in Australia have passed 1 GW after the signing of a 184 MW engineering, procurement and construction contract for the Warradarge Wind Farm.

The 1 GW of orders is Vestas’ highest in one year since installing the country’s first commercial-sized wind farm 25 years ago.

The project announced also marks an expansion of Vestas’ footprint in Western Australia, increasing the company’s total installed capacity in the state to 561 MW.