Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

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

    Australia’s largest hybrid renewable microgrid officially opens

    4/11/2021 12:10 PM
    • EDL's Agnew Hybrid Renewable Microgrid for Gold Fields launches near Leinster
    • Agnew Gold Mine now powered by an average 50 to 60 per cent renewable energy 

    Mines and Petroleum and Energy Minister Bill Johnston officially opened the Agnew Hybrid Renewable Microgrid today in the Goldfields-Esperance region.


    Located 23 kilometres west of Leinster, the 56 megawatt (MW) microgrid, owned and operated by EDL, will power Gold Fields' Agnew Gold Mine with an average 50 to 60 per cent renewable energy.


    On a good day, with favourable weather conditions, the microgrid will be able to achieve 85 per cent.


    Australia's largest hybrid renewable microgrid, and the first in the country to power a mine predominantly with wind-generated electricity, will provide the mine with 99.99 per cent reliability.


    It features five 110 metre wind turbines, each with a 140 metre rotor diameter, delivering 18MW of power; a 10,710 panel solar farm generating 4MW; an off-grid 21MW gas/diesel engine power plant; and an advanced microgrid control system.


    Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum and Energy Minister Bill Johnston:


    "Congratulations to Gold Fields and EDL on the completion of their award-winning project.


    "The partnership was recognised for its innovation and environmental excellence at Agnew, winning this year's prestigious Golden Gecko Award.


    "It's a pleasure to be here today, visiting Australia's first mine site to combine wind and solar power generation.


    "The McGowan Government is supportive of mining and resources companies that are leading by example and embracing renewable energy solutions.


    "This all contributes to our target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050."


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