Waddi Wind Farm & Solar Plant

Waddi Wind Farm & Solar Plant - proposed project

Trustpower are investigating the possibility of developing the Waddi Wind Farm and Solar Plant located approximately 15 kilometres north-west of the township of Dandaragan and approximately 150 kilometres north of Perth in the mid-west region of Western Australia’s wheat belt.

Have a look at the new Waddi Wind Farm website, this article is based directly from it.

AT A GLANCE

LOCATION:15 km north-west of Dandaragan

MAX CAPACITY 170MW (proposed)

Wind Prospect commenced development of the project in 2009 as one of two wind farm projects known collectively as the Dandaragan Wind Farm. In October 2015 Trustpower Australia Holdings Pty Ltd purchased the Waddi Wind Farm project (the project located to the north-west of Dandaragan) from Wind Prospect. The Waddi Wind Farm will be spread across 10,400 ha and and will consist of up to 57 turbines with and installed capacity of up to 170MW.

The Waddi Solar Plant would be located within the boundary of the approved Waddi Wind Farm. The project will include a number of arrays consisting of either static or tracking flat plate photovoltaic panels. The arrays will cover an area up to approximately 150 hectares, with an installed capacity of up to 80MW. The ultimate size and output of the wind farm and solar plant projects will be dependent on the market and technology type selected.

Details

  • Project Site: 10,400ha.
  • Wind Farm: Up to 57 wind turbines and hardstand areas.
  • Solar Arrays: Approximately 80MW of xed plate solar arrays over an area of up to 150 ha.
  • Employment: Employ over 150 people during construction and will require 6-10 full time staff during its predicted 25 year life span.
  • Investment: $500 million.

Environment and Community

Environmental Benefits:

  • Generate enough renewable energy to power 80,000 homes. 
 
  • Result in 350,000 tons of greenhouse gas savings
by offsetting traditional thermal generation (equivalent to removing 90,000 cars from our roads per annum). 
 
  • Small environmental footprint than comparative forms of generation. 
 
  • The land can be rehabilitated to its original condition at the end of the project when all above ground infrastructure is removed. 
 
  • Minimal impact on the productivity of traditional farming activities. 
 
  • Additional fire breaks and improved access roads for fire fighting. 
 
  • Offsetting of environmental impacts where they can’t be avoided with net environmental benefits. 
 
  • Additional energy supply to help meet the growing demands in Western Australia. 
 

Community:

We are a power company that believes in being involved in the communities where we operate and in the places where those communities live, work, bring up their children and run businesses.

Therefore, we implement a variety of initiatives to benefit communities in project areas.

We developed our Lend A Hand Foundation in New Zealand in 2004 and have since rolled out the concept to four project sites, including Snowtown in South Australia.

The Foundation assists small charitable organisations and individuals by giving them a hand when they need it most, through funding, mentoring and the provision of goods and services.

We have also developed Community Connect, an online space for voluntary and not-for-profit groups and organisations. It enables voluntary groups to promote their initiatives, connect with other volunteers and obtain ideas and inspiration through the discussion and resource sections.

We also run community awards and support a recognised anti-bullying initiative.

New Zealand residents frequently see Trustpower vehicles out and about, because instead of trading them in once they have reached trade-in point, we donate them to charitable groups.

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Trustpower is committed to using local labour whenever possible. As we progress towards this financial close we will be seeking expressions of interest from locals with expertise in a range of fields.

 

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