Suzlon Energy is planning a $1.3 billion wind energy project in regional South Australia.
The proposed 180 turbine wind farm on Yorke Peninsula will have a capacity of 600 MW, making it the state’s largest wind farm. The project is about 20km southwest of the Yorke Peninsula town of Ardrossan
Suzlon Energy Australia’s chief operating officer Chris Judd said the project had been proposed for a 2015 completion. When doing the numbers it seems they will not be using the S88 2.1 on this project.
The project will involve developing a high-voltage direct-current submarine connection across Gulf St Vincent.
Suzlon also wants to construct an “integrated pilot power plant that would convert biomass resources into energy” to feed into the state’s power supply.
The project will create 500 jobs in the construction phase and 50 ongoing jobs once it is completed in 2015. SA Premier Mike Rann said the project would help the state achieve a 33 percent target for renewable energy generation by 2020.
This news will not be welcomed by the other windfarm developers in Australia, who are not only competing for project sites but also construction contractors and power purchase agreements (PPAs). Suzlon turbines and the full EPC wrap offered by Suzlon to developers may no longer seem as attractive.
General Electric (GE), plans to develop a wind turbine that generates as much as six times more power than its largest land-based model.
GE Global Research plans to spend $3 million from the U.S. Energy Department to design a direct-drive wind turbine that will generate as much as 15 megawatts using superconducting magnets and lightweight materials, Fairfield, Connecticut-based GE said today in a statement. GE will decide how to build and commercialize the turbines in a second phase of the two-year project.
Hornsdale Windfarm - A $900 million wind farm proposed for 15km North of Jamestown in South Australia’s Mid-North has been Approved for development authorities. 105 turbines