Wind power in WA
One of the main benefits of wind power is that it is a completely renewable source of electricity. Along with solar energy, wind power is one of the cheapest ways to generate electricity, compared with other types of generation.
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Wind power across the world
According to Geoscience Australia, the wind power is the fastest growing renewable energy source in many countries. The industry is expected to continue to grow at a rapid rate between now and 2030.
Coastal regions generally have the highest potential for wind power. In the southern hemisphere, this includes the coastal areas of western and southern Australia, New Zealand, southern South America, and South Africa.
In the northern hemisphere, the best conditions for wind power can be found in northern and western Europe, and the north eastern and western coasts of Canada and the United States.
Here in WA, we’re in one of the best locations in the world to harness the power of the wind.
Wind power in the South West Interconnected System
Wind power has been an important part of our generation mix in WA since 1987. Over the years, the wind power industry has created a range of jobs and opportunities for local communities, with some WA wind farms even recognised as local tourist attractions.
Synergy’s generation portfolio comprises a range of wholly owned and joint venture assets across three wind farms and three other sites that are a mix of wind and diesel power. Here is the location of Synergy and joint venture wind farm and wind-diesel systems.
Albany Grasmere Wind Farm
This wind farm, a joint venture with Bright Energy Investments, sits 80 metres above the Southern Ocean. On average, there are only seven days a year where the wind is not strong enough to turn the turbines and generate electricity.
Bremer Bay Wind-Diesel System
This installation currently provides around 40 per cent of the town's annual electricity demand, which reduces the diesel consumption required for the town by around 40,000 litres.
Kalbarri Wind Farm
This wind farm contributes around one third of the electricity required by the community, offsetting nearly 5,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases annually.
Warradarge Wind FarmThe 51 turbines of Warradarge Wind Farm, a Bright Energy Investments joint venture, is located near Eneabba in Western Australia’s Mid-West Region. The farm has a total output of 180 megawatts with a capacity factor of nearly 50 per cent, which is equivalent to the average annual electricity needs of 144,000 homes in WA.
Our partners in the wind industry
Bright Energy Investments (BEI) is a joint venture between Synergy, Dutch Infrastructure Fund (DIF) and Construction Building Union Superannuation (Cbus).
Through BEI, we have an equity interest in the Warradarge Wind Farm (180 megawatts), the Albany Grasmere Wind Farm (35.4 megawatts) and the Greenough River Solar Farm (40 megawatts), totalling 255.4 megawatts of operational renewable energy assets.
Through Synergy Renewable Energy Developments (also known as SynergyRED, a wholly owned subsidiary of Synergy), we provide BEI with asset management services, vehicle management services and services to develop future assets.
For more information, visit the Bright Energy Investments website.