The Hornsdale wind farm in southern Australia commenced operation on Thursday.
The project 220KM north of Adelaide is being developed by French renewable energy producer Neoen and built by Siemens Australia.
Seven of the 32 turbines in Phase 1 of the wind farm in the Mid North of South Australia were switched on to the grid following an “energisation ceremony” on site on July 7.
The remainder of the Phase 1 turbines are expected to come on line in the coming months.
Hornsdale was awarded a contract to deliver 100 MW to the ACT in February 2015 enabling Phase 1 to go ahead.
Under the reverse auction, companies were invited to put forward bids to the Australian Capital Territory Government detailing how they could generate the greatest amount of renewable energy at the least price.
A 20 year contract has now been awarded, which will allow Phase 2 of the project – a further 100 MW- to go ahead possibly next year.
The farm has a potential output of 270 megawatts with the remaining capacity expected to come in a yet to be confirmed Phase 3.
According to Neoen, the wind farm features the latest in blade technology that harvests more wind energy – increasing the annual energy yield of the turbines. Each rotor of the 32 turbines sweeps a total of 10,000m2 – an area equal to 320 school buses parked together. Hornsdale uses the latest data and digitalisation platforms; every rotation is remotely monitored to increase effectiveness and efficiency.
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