Energy Minister Bill Johnston has opened APA Group’s new Badgingarra Wind Farm in Hill River, positioned approximately 220 kilometres north of Perth.
The $315 million Badgingarra Wind Farm consists 37 3.6-Megawatt (MW) wind turbines installed with a hub height of 85 metres and a tip height of 150 metres.
The wind farm will be co-located with APA’s $40 million 17.5 MW Badgingarra Solar Farm, which is currently under construction.
The potential energy output from Badgingarra Wind Farm is equivalent to the power required for over 115,000 Western Australian homes.
Together with APA’s nearby Emu Downs Wind and Solar Farms, the projects create a 247.5 MW renewable energy precinct.
At a grand-opening event on Thursday, Minister Johnston congratulated everyone involved with the construction of the Badgingarra Wind Farm.
“It’s well recognised that a major transformation is underway in our State’s electricity sector, with rapid uptakes of rooftop solar panels and battery storage systems in households.”
“This transition is expected to continue in the coming decades and is being replicated in electricity sectors all over the world,” he said.
“Projects, such as Badgingarra, illustrate the great potential we have in Western Australia to take advantage of these changes, particularly in creating valuable regional opportunities.”
The Badgingarra Wind Farm is underpinned by an agreement with Alinta Energy for the purchase of all the energy, and the Large Scale Renewable Generation Certificates generated by the wind farm through to December 2030.