Wheatbelt on track to continue as the State's renewable powerhouse

March 27, 2019 at 4:31 PM

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On the Wheatbelt’s Central Coast near Dandaragan, Alinta Energy is set to invest $400 million into the State’s biggest wind farm. Works are anticipated to be completed by mid-2020. 

The engineering, procurement and construction contract for the 214MW Yandin Wind Farm project has been awarded to global wind company Vestas. 

It is estimated that 150 jobs will be created during the construction phase which will see 51 turbines built giving the power provider and retailer a considerable supply of affordable renewable power. The project is Alinta Energy’s first direct investment into a renewable project. 

In the Central East, Risen Energy has commenced construction on the Merredin Solar Farm.  Comprising 360,000 panels over 350ha of land the Merredin Solar Farm will be WA’s largest solar farm and create an estimated 200 jobs during construction.  Risen Energy estimates that the commencement of power sales and commissioning will occur in Q4 2019. 

The Wheatbelt already generates over 50% of the State’s renewable energy from wind and solar farms including Emu Downs Wind and Solar Farm in Badgingarra, Collgar Wind Farm in Merredin and the Northam Solar Farm.

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