Alinta Energy has awarded a contract to Danish renewable energy company Vestas to build a 214MW windfarm in Australia by mid-2020.
Called Yandin Wind Farm, the facility will be built near the town of Dandaragan, 175km north of Perth.
It will feature 51 (4.2MW) turbines that will have be able to generate enough energy for up to 200,000 homes a year.
Built with an investment of approximately A$400m ($286m), the project is expected to generate around 150 jobs during the construction period.
Alinta Energy merchant energy executive director Ken Woolley said: “Yandin will give Alinta Energy a considerable supply of affordable renewable power for our growing electricity customer base. I want to thank our project landowners, the Shire of Dandaragan and Western Power for their support.
“This is Alinta Energy’s first direct investment in a renewable project, and we’re thrilled to do it here in our home state of WA.
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“Yandin will drive more affordable and cleaner energy for us, and with our gas-fired power stations, it will also help us use gas more efficiently. That’ll be good for us, our customers and the environment.”
Upon completion, the windfarm will be connected to Western Power’s 330kV electricity network via a new 10km transmission line and terminal station that will be built, owned and operated by Western Power.
Under the agreement, Vestas will operate and maintain the windfarm upon completion of construction under a long-term service agreement.
Vestas Australia and New Zealand sales head Peter Cowling said: “Yandin is a key project for Vestas, for Alinta and for Western Australia.
“We are more than pleased to be Alinta’s partner on this project, as we can see enormous potential for wind energy in Western Australia that is perfectly suited to our industry-leading wind turbines.”