Snowtown, set to become South Australia’s largest wind farm, will introduce world-leading gearless drive wind turbine technology to the Australian green energy sector.
TrustPower has appointed Siemens as its turn-key supplier for the wind farm development, which will be capable of generating 270 megawatts of renewable energy and powering approximately 180,000 South Australian homes.
Siemens CEO Jeff Connolly says he is pleased to have the opportunity to deliver lead-edge gearless drive technology to TrustPower.
“Our broad project responsibility for this critical piece of sustainable infrastructure is the result of our confidence in the South Australian construction environment and a further extension of our existing commitment to support the state’s development,” says Connolly.
TrustPower, a listed New Zealand electricity company, awarded Siemens the contract to engineer, procure, construct and maintain a full turn-key solution for 90 wind turbines and the substation, switchgear and transformers to connect the wind farm into the grid.
“The wind farm will be built with the most advanced renewable energy technology on the market,” says TrustPower CEO Vince Hawksworth. “Of critical importance to us was the proven capability to build and connect wind farms to the grid and Siemens as a global supplier has achieved this in some of the most challenging environments in the world.”
David Pryke, head of Siemens Energy says Snowtown offers some of the most ideal wind conditions for the production of renewable energy.
“The wind technology chosen for the project is ideally suited to the Snowtown II site, featuring state-of-the-art gearless drive systems and highly efficient rotor blades allowing us to maximise the delivery of reliable renewable energy from this project,” he says.
The Snowtown II wind farm will cement South Australia as the nation’s lead generator of renewable energy. The state has already exceeded the nation’s 20 per cent by 2020 renewable energy target with 26 per cent of South Australia’s electricity now generated by wind. South Australia has now set its own target of 33 per cent renewable energy by 2020. The new Snowtown II wind farm is set to help achieve this target.
Snowtown II is co-located with the existing Snowtown wind farm and will more than triple the renewable energy generation of the region. Early preparations have commenced at the site with construction commencing this month to ensure the project is fully operational by the end of 2014.