Collgar Wind Farm

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Project Summary

The Collgar Wind Farm is a prime example of Windlab technology delivering an outstanding result to all stakeholders. Windlab identified the Collgar wind farm in 2006 from a WindScape high resolution map of the state, coupled with our Virtual Wind Farm technology. Collgar is a world leading wind farm site located on accessible wheat belt land with uncontested high quality grid access. The project was jointly developed with Investec Bank and achieved financial close in 2010 a little under 4 years since Windlab had identified the opportunity.

None of this would have been possible without Windlab’s technical expertise in finding, securing and developing the site.

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Project Details

Location In the Merredin Shire, approximately 25km South East of Merredin, Western Australia
Land type The area is predominantly used for cropping
Number of turbines 127 turbines (1st phase = 111 turbines)
Total generation capacity 206MW
Project cost Approximately $A750 m
Low emissions contribution 790,000 MWh of clean electricity provided to Western Australia

Collgar Wind Farm was identified by Windlab as a potential location for a wind farm in Western Australia in mid 2006. Planning approval was granted by Merredin Shire Council on 23rd September 2008, with full construction commencing in June 2010.  The completion of the project is expected in April 2012.

On completion the Collgar Wind Farm, built over a land envelope of 18,000Ha, will have 111 Vestas V90 turbines with a power production capacity of 206MW, generating on average 792,000 MWh per year, enough to provide electricity to power a small city of 125,000 homes. This is more than double the size and power generating capacity of the next two biggest wind farms in WA, at Walkaway near Geraldton and Emu Downs near Cervantes.

At completion, the Collgar Wind Farm will almost double the level of renewable energy in the South West Interconnected System (the electricity grid) from the current 5 per cent to 9 per cent.