Wind Energy Power Plants in Australia - West Australia

 

Albany
Location: WA
Operator: Western Power
Configuration: 12 X 1.8-MW E-66
Operation: 2001
WTG supplier: Enercon
Quick facts: Site selection began in 1989.

Photograph courtesy of Tarong Energy
Posted 3 Nov 2004

Bremer Bay
Location: WA
Operator: Verve Energy
Configuration: 1 X 600-kW E-40
Operation: 2005
WTG supplier: Enercon
EPC: Powercorp Operations
Quick facts: This project coast A$3mn. It is part of a wind-diesel power system at a small coastal town.

Photograph courtesy of Powercorp Operations
Posted 3 Nov 2007

Coral Bay
Location: WA
Operator: Verve Energy
Configuration: 3 X 275-kW WTG
Operation: 2007
WTG supplier: Vergnet
EPC: Powercorp Operations
Quick facts: In Aug 2006, Powercorp announced the order for a wind-diesel power minigrid incorporating the first Australian use of the Powerstore flywheel system. The Coral Bay installation has three cyclone-proof 275kW Vergnet wind turbines, a 500kVA Powerstore unit and eight 320-kW low load gensets. Output is sold by Verve Energy to Horizon Power who will distribute and retail the electricity to the Coral Bay community.The mningrid solution for Coral Bay involved intensive modeling, re-design and algorithm development which was made possible by a Renewable Energy Development Initiative (REDI) grant from AuIndustry awarded to Verve Energy in 2005.

Photograph courtesy of Powercorp Operations
Posted 4 Nov 2007

Denham
Location: WA
Operator: Western Power
Configuration: 3 X 230-kW E-30
Operation: 1998
WTG supplier: Enercon
EPC: Powercorp Operations
Quick facts: Denham is an isolated town 900km north of Perth. The local power system has three WTGs, a 250kw Low Load Diesel (LLD) engine, four conventional diesel engines (1,720kW) and a control system. This was the first installation of Western Power Corp's specially-modified LLD technology and the system has significantly increased wind energy penetration.

Photograph courtesy of Western Power
Posted 13 Aug 2005

 

Emu Downs
Location: WA
Operator: APA Group
Configuration: 48 X 1.65-MW V82
Operation: 2006
WTG supplier: Vestas
EPC: Vestas
Quick facts: This A$180mn project was a joint development between Stanwell and Griffin Energy. It was approved in Jul 2005 and commissioned in Oct 2006. All generation is bought by Synergy for retail sale to Western Australian customers. The site is 30km east of Cervantes, approximately 200km north of Perth, and is connected to the WA 132kV grid. In Jul 2011, APA acquired the plant from Stanwell Corp for $A171mn.

Photograph courtesy of Stanwell Corp
Posted 3 Jan 2007

 

Home Island
Location: WA (administrative)
Operator: Department of Transport and Regional Services
Configuration: 4 X 20-kW WTG, 4 X 320-kW IC
Operation: 2005
WTG supplier: Westwind
EPC: Powercorp Operations
Quick facts: The Cocos (Keeling) Islands are located in the middle of the Indian Ocean some 2750km north-west of Perth, and 900km west southwest of Christmas Island.In Aug 2000, the Home Island power station was destroyed by fire. Two rented gensets were secured, but these proved unreliable. DTRS included renewable energy in the final design for the new power system which includes a new, fully automated 1.28-MW diesel power station and four Australian-made turbines on 30m tilt down poles (for cyclone protection), with inverter connection. Dedicated 25mm 2 LV cables between the wind turbines and the LV switchboard of diesel component of the power station connect the wind farm to the island’s 11kV electricity distribution system. This project coast A$3.6mn.

Photograph courtesy of Powercorp Operations
Posted 4 Nov 2007

 
Hopetoun
Location: WA
Operator: Horizon Power
Configuration: 2 X 600-kW E-40
Operation: 2004-2007
WTG supplier: Enercon
EPC: Powercorp Operations
Quick facts: Hopetoun is a town on the south coast of WA. Electricity is supplied by a wind-diesel system with two WTGs and a low-load diesel power station with 7 X 320-kW Detroit Diesel engines. The wind turbines supply up to 40% of the town’s annual electricity consumption. The tower height is 46m and the blades are 22m long.

Photograph courtesy of Powercorp Operations
Posted 11 Nov 2007

  Rottnest Island WTG
Location: WA
Operator: Verve Energy
Configuration: 1 X 600-kW E-40
Operation: 2006
WTG supplier: Enercon
EPC: Powercorp Operations
Quick facts: This wind project coast A$3mn and is expected to supply about 40% Rottnest Island's electricity needs This should save 430,000 litres of diesel per year.

Photograph courtesy of Powercorp Operations
Posted 4 Nov 2007

Abbreviations: EPC = engineering, procurement, and construction, WTG = wind turbine generator

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 08/06/11

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