Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Corrective Services; Industrial Relations

    Western Australia’s biggest wind farm officially opens

    19/05/2021 3:35 PM
    • Minister Johnston opens $450 million Yandin Wind Farm in the Wheatbelt region
    • The 214-megawatt wind farm can power 200,000 WA homes a year

    Energy Minister Bill Johnston today officially opened the Yandin Wind Farm, a joint venture between Alinta Energy and RATCH-Australia.


    Located on Yued lands near Dandaragan, 175 kilometres north of Perth, the site was chosen for its abundant local wind resources and its proximity to the grid.


    The $450 million Yandin Wind Farm consists of 51 Vestas turbines, with each blade tip rising to a height of 180 metres.


    The turbine rotor diameter is 150 metres, which is larger than the London Eye observation wheel's 120 metre diameter.


    At full power, the Yandin Wind Farm can generate enough renewable energy to supply the equivalent of about 200,000 Western Australian homes or over 1 gigawatts of capacity.


    The South West Interconnected System, our main electricity grid, now has around 1.6 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity including wind farms and rooftop solar systems.


    Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston:


    "Congratulations to Alinta Energy, RATCH-Australia and the Dandaragan community on the launch of the Yandin Wind Farm, Western Australia's largest renewable energy facility.


    "With the many challenges faced around COVID-19, it was fantastic to see this project completed, which reflects the hard work and dedication of everyone involved in the project.


    "Projects such as the Yandin Wind Farm illustrate the great potential we have in Western Australia to take advantage of the worldwide transition to clean energy technologies.  


    "Around 150 local jobs were created during construction, which took almost one million hours, and created valuable opportunities for businesses in the Wheatbelt.


    "The McGowan Government is committed to improving energy affordability and creating a cleaner, greener energy system for Western Australians.


    "We must continue to develop new renewable energy technologies to reduce energy costs and to meet our commitment of net zero emissions by 2050."


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