Esperance wind farm turbines to inspire next generation of energy leaders
- Esperance wind farm infrastructure to be reused
- Two wind turbines to be donated to North Metropolitan TAFE to inspire next generation of renewable energy leaders
- Road bases and tower concrete foundations will be gifted to the Shire of Esperance
Synergy will give back to the community during the decommissioning of the Ten Mile Lagoon and Nine Mile Beach wind farms in Esperance.
Two wind turbines will be donated to North Metropolitan TAFE for students studying clean energy and six will be repurposed at new wind farm sites.
Synergy commenced the decommissioning of Esperance’s coastal wind farms in 2022. During decommissioning the wind turbines, site offices and other ancillary infrastructure are removed from the site, followed by the revegetation of roads and foundation pads.
Angie Young, Executive General Manager, Thermal Generation commented on the repurposing and reusing of the wind farm infrastructure.
“Ten Mile Lagoon and Nine Mile Beach wind farms are no longer required and have been inactive for a number of years.
“Sustainability is a core focus at Synergy and we are committed to ensuring the site’s infrastructure will be reused and repurposed.
“We’re excited to be able to support our future workforce by donating some of the turbines to North Metropolitan TAFE, furthering renewable energy education in WA.”
North Metropolitan TAFE Managing Director, Michelle Hoad welcomed the donation of two wind turbines to its Midland campus, which will soon become home to WA’s first Clean Energy Training Centre.
“This donation will give students the opportunity to work on real industry infrastructure to gain the skills they need to enter the clean energy workforce. It is integral to North Metropolitan TAFE’s mission to skill Western Australians for a clean energy future.”
The dismantling, transportation and refurbishment of the wind turbines will be undertaken by WA company Advanced Energy Resources.
Internal road bases and tower concrete foundations will be donated to the Shire of Esperance for reuse in the Goldfields-Esperance region. The project is expected to be completed by end-2024.