Yandin, the wind farm is expected to power up to 200,000 households per year. It will be the biggest wind farm in West Australia and is projected to be located near town of Dandaragan, around 175 km north of Perth.
Yandin is Alinta’s first direct investment in renewable projects and the leading Australian utility firm has appointed Vestas Wind System as their Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) partner. Reportedly, after commissioning, the farm will be operated and maintained by Vestas under a long-term service agreement.
Construction will offer jobs opportunities
Yandin will be comprised of 51 turbines each of 4.2 MW and during construction period it will generate around 150 jobs. Moreover, renewable energy project is expected to cost approximately $400 million. The project is scheduled to get completed by mid-2020 and as the construction gets completed, the farm will be connected to Western Power’s electricity network. Western Power will build a 330kV electricity network using a new 10 km transmission line and terminal station, owned and operated by Western Power itself.
Partnership for the betterment of environment
Peter Cowling, the Head of Sales for Vestas for Australia and New Zealand, 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.”
Executive Director Merchant Energy at Alinta Energy, Ken Woolley, commented, “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.”
The location selected for the wind farm is a great resource of high-quality wind which will elevate farm’s long term capacity factor up to 50%. Moreover, the solar plant would also be added later.