Clean energy for more than 70,000 households
Siemens wins 100 megawatts onshore wind order in Australia
Aug 20, 2015 | Bernd Eilitz
• 32 SWT-3.2-113 direct drive wind turbines
• Long-term service contract included
• Clean renewable energy for more than 70,000 households
• Project to be built in Hornsdale South Australia
Siemens SWT 3.2-113 wind turbines for down under: The Hornsdale wind project, located in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
Siemens and Neoen Australia have signed a contract for the Hornsdale Wind Farm project located in the state of South Australia. Consisting of 32 Siemens direct drive wind turbines, this project will provide clean energy for more than 70,000 households. The agreement includes also a long-term service contract. Neoen Australia is investing 250 million Australian dollars (approx.166 million Euros) in the project which will make a major contribution to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government’s target of 90% renewable energy by 2020. The project is underpinned by a 20-year contract to supply green energy to the ACT at a fixed price of 9.2 Australian Cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) – 6.1 Euro Cents per kWh.
Expected to produce over 400 gigawatt hours (GWh) per year
After commissioning, the Hornsdale wind power plant is expected to produce over 400 gigawatt hours (GWh) per year – an amount of energy equivalent to a fifth of the territory’s annual electricity consumption. At the signing ceremony, ACT Environment Minister Simon Corbell emphasized, “As one of the winners of our first wind auction,Hornsdale plays a critical role in helping the ACT to achieve its 90% renewable target.”
Minister for the environment Simon Corbell from ACT (Australian Capital Territory) with a model of the SiemensD3 turbine.
Three factors of success
“We are delighted that Neoen entrusted Siemens to support the region around Canberra with our environment friendly technology,” says Thomas Richterich, CEO of the Onshore Market Unit at Wind Power and Renewables Division. “At the Hornsdale Wind Farm we have three factors of success combined: Neoen’s international expertise, Australia’s natural resources, and the efficiency of our cutting edge direct drive technology.”
Full turn-key project solution
This project will support the Renewable Energy Centre of Excellence at the Canberra Institute of Technology by creating opportunities for employment, training and investment in both the ACT and South Australia. It will also provide benefits to the Hornsdale community for the life of the project. Construction will begin immediately. Siemens will provide the full turn-key project solution including 32 wind turbines with associated civil and electrical infrastructure. Siemens will also maintain the wind farm for Neoen on a long-term maintenance contract signed simultaneously with the EPC contract.