Willogoleche Wind Farm, Hallett, is one of the largest renewable energy projects in South Australia now operating.
With the capability of powering about 80,000 homes, Willogoleche has a generating capacity of 119MW and was officially opened on Monday.
Consisting of 32 turbines and currently the fourth largest wind farm in South Australia, Willogoleche is another step forward in the state’s renewable energy transition.
Willogoleche is the first onshore wind farm in the world to install and commission GE’s 3.8MW turbines at scale, and its 130m rotor blades can operate through a range of wind speeds, allowing its operator ENGIE to maximise the capacity of each turbine.
Power from the site will be delivered via ENGIE’s retail arm, Simply Energy, which has more than 700,000 customers in Australia, including nearly 90,000 in South Australia.
Commenting on the opening of Willogoleche, Minister for Energy and Mining MP Dan van Holst Pellekaan said the wind farm added another significant renewable energy resource to South Australia’s impressive portfolio of wind and solar generation.
“Willogoleche’s 119MW capacity will put downward pressure on prices by increasing competition in the South Australia’s energy market,” Mr van Holst Pellekaan said.
“The addition of further wind power adds momentum to the case for associated grid-scale storage and an interconnector between SA and NSW to enable the export of South Australia’s abundant renewable energy to the eastern seaboard.”
ENGIE Asia Pacific President and CEO, Paul Maguire said Willogoleche was the latest demonstration of ENGIE’s long-term commitment to South Australia.
“This investment significantly increases our local generation capacity to deliver more renewable energy to our growing customer base in the state,” Mr Maguire said.
The wind farm represents a $250 million investment by ENGIE and follows a $75 million upgrade to its 500MW Pelican Point Power Station, one of the most environmentally friendly of its type in Australia. In total, ENGIE has more than 800MW of wind-firming capacity available in the state.
“This opening marks another milestone in our continuing transition across the Asia-Pacific region toward low-carbon energy production and the pursuit of growth opportunities through providing energy efficient and multi-technical solutions to customers.”
In addition to Willogoleche, ENGIE operates the 46MW Canunda Wind Farm in South Australia and has renewable energy projects under development in Queensland and New South Wales.
This story Turning at Hallett first appeared on Northern Argus.