Siemens to Build Aussie Wind Farm

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 @ 04:08 PM gHale

Siemens will build a $489 million wind farm – an extension to Snowtown’s existing 100MW project – and supply 90 3MW turbines.

TrustPower had said there was a conditional agreement to partner with Siemens, which will also build the substation, switchgear and transformers to connect the wind farm into the grid.

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Snowtown II is Siemens’s first wind turbine contract in Australia and the biggest global project deploying its 3MW direct-drive turbines with 108-meter blades, the SWT 3.0-108. The new facility should supply electricity to 180,000 homes.

“This wind turbine is a very good match to Snowtown’s wind conditions – so the yield is very good,” said David Pryke, head of Siemens Energy Australia.

The state of South Australia is the country’s leading generator of renewable power, with 26% of the state’s electricity now generated by wind. Its government is targeting 33% renewable energy by 2020, against an existing national target of 20%.

TrustPower has struck a power purchase agreement (PPA) for Snowtown II – located about 160km north west of Adelaide – with Australia’s Origin Energy, which already has a purchase deal for 89% of stage one.

“The wind farm will be built with the most advanced renewable energy technology on the market,” said TrustPower chief executive Vince Hawksworth.

“Of critical importance to us was the proven capability to build and connect wind farms to the grid, and Siemens as a global supplier has achieved this in some of the most challenging environments in the world,” he said.

Snowtown II will co-locate with the existing 100MW Snowtown wind farm.

Construction will commence this month and the project should be fully operational by the end of 2014, TrustPower said.

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