Emu Downs Wind Farm
FIRST YEAR A ROARING SUCCESS
Emu Downs Wind Farm has completed a highly successful first 12 months of operation, with outstanding plant performance and excellent community support for the farm. Emu Downs Wind Farm ,General Manager - Kerry Roberts said "The 48 high-tech turbines had achieved their targeted output and provided a year of reliable, clean, green power to energy retailer Synergy, to power the Water Corporations, Kwinana dessalinisation plant". "With minimal plant failures, well-managed maintenance and general achievement of our targets, it has been a great first year for Emu Downs Wind Farm," he said. We've successfully been able to integrate the wind farm into the agricultural activities in the area and we've had excellent support from community members who recognise the economic, social and environmental benefits of this project. Emu Downs Wind Farm, a joint venture with Stanwell Corporation, was built in 2006 at a cost of AUD $180 million to produce 80 megawatts of renewable energy. Mr Roberts also said "The farm was proving to be a popular tourist site and industrial showpiece, with over 150 people touring the site since the commencement of operations in October 2006. Tourists, professional associations and local community members alike, have all come to see what really is, a spectacular sight . So much so, that one of our immediate neighbours has actually cleared some of the trees at the front of his house so he has a better view of the turbines". Emu Downs Wind Farm provides a community benefit in addition to its environmental benefit and job creation, with on going support provided to local groups including the Jurien Bay Volunteer Sea Rescue Group, Advance Dandaragan Committee and the Waddi Music Festival. "The wind farm is part of the local community and we look forward to another great year of working together. Also, continuing to deliver an efficient supply of clean power. In light of the success of the wind farm over the past 12 months , Griffin Energy is now investigating the potential of additional renewable projects in the region" he said.
The Emu Downs Wind Farm (wikepedia)
30°30′S 115°20′E / 30.500°S 115.333°E / -30.500; 115.333) is a 79.2 MW wind farm in Western Australia. It was a joint development between Stanwell Corporation and Griffin Energy. The site is approximately 200 kilometres north of Perth, near Cervantes. Construction of the $180 million project commenced in November 2005, and the project was commissioned in October 2006.Emu Downs consists of 48 Vestas wind turbines (each with 1.65 MW generating capacity), a substation, interconnection to the main 132 kV electricity grid, administration and stores buildings, and a network of access roads. The wind farm is close to the coast, with a good quality wind resource that has increased wind speeds and reliability aligning with periods for peak power demand.The wind farm provides electricity to run a desalination plant, 260 km (160 mi) to the south. The Kwinana Desalination Plant, located just south of Perth, turns water from the Indian Ocean into nearly 152 million litres (40 million gallons) of drinking water per day.Emu Downs is accredited under the Australian Government's Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 and as a Green Power Generator by the Sustainable Energy Development Authority.In June 2011, the wind farm was acquired by the APA Group for $170 million from the failed Griffin Group
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