Emu Downs Wind Farm, Cervantes

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Landmark · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Emu Downs Wind Farm (30°30′S 115°20′E) is a 79.2 MW wind farm in Western Australia. It was a 50:50 joint development between Griffin Energy and Stanwell Corporation. The site is approximately 200 kilometres north of Perth, near Cervantes. Construction of the $180 million project commenced in November 2005, and the project was commissioned in October 2006.
Emu Downs consists of 48 Vestas wind turbines (each with 1.65 MW generating capacity), a substation, interconnection to the main 132 kV electricity grid, administration and stores buildings, and a network of access roads. The wind farm is close to the coast, with a good quality wind resource that has increased wind speeds and reliability aligning with periods for peak power demand. The prevailing wind blows from the east in the mornings and the Fremantle Doctor from the west in the afternoons.
The wind farm provides electricity to the grid. 260 km (160 mi) to the south there is the Perth Seawater Desalination Plant, and turns water from the Indian Ocean into nearly 152 million litres (40 million gallons) of drinking water per day.
Emu Downs is accredited under the Australian Government's Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 and as a Green Power Generator by the Sustainable Energy Development Authority. In November 2007, Transfield Services purchased Stanwell Corporation's 50% shareholding.
In June 2011, the wind farm was acquired by the APA Group for $170 million from the failed Griffin Group.
When APA group bought Emu Downs, it realised that there is usually a drop in output in the middle of the day as the wind changes. To balance that and achieve better utilisation of transmission infrastructure, APA installed the 20MW Emu Downs Solar Farm on the adjacent site. Its peak output is during the time when the wind farm is not at full capacity, so no additional capacity was needed in the substation or grid connection point. The solar farm began operation in December 2017.

The output of both the solar and wind farms is contracted to Synergy until 2030. The adjacent 130MW Badgingarra Wind Farm was completed in 2019, and has higher capacity factor due to newer components.
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  • You can park up and look at the wind turbines from a distance but why would you want to when you can see them out of the car window as you drive by. There are a few notice boards telling you how much....  more »
  • Came across the Wind farm on the way to Cervantes. Tall groupings of wind turbines slowly and silently turning on both sides of the road. An unexpected sight in the farm land for sure.  more »
  • We were there on Jun 1st, 2016. Worth stop a while. Beautiful scenery.
  • 이런곳에 이런 친환경 설비가 있을줄은 몰랐다. 길을 잘못들어 우연히 발견했지만 무척 좋은 기회를 가질수 있었다. 해안에 언덕 뜨거운 태양. 태양은 태양광 발전으로 해안에 부는 바람은 풍력 발전으로.... 멋지다.

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