Wind Prospect is excited to continue its involvement in both the planning and development of the Waddi Wind Farm, located approximately 150km north of Perth in the mid-west region of Western Australia’s wheatbelt.
Following the sale of the Waddi Wind Farm project to Trustpower Australia Pty Ltd in 2015, Wind Prospect has continued to work with Trustpower to progress the Waddi Wind Farm project as well as achieve planning approval for the Waddi Solar Plant. Both projects are currently expected to commence construction in 2017.
“Wind Prospect initiated the development of the project in 2008 using our expertise in both wind and solar and, it is exciting to see the project finally gain momentum” notes Wind Prospect Group CEO Euan Cameron.
The Waddi Solar Plant lies within the Waddi Wind Farm project and will include a number of arrays consisting of either static or tracking flat plate photovoltaic panels. The arrays will cover an area up to approximately 150 hectares, with an installed capacity of up to 80MW.
The planning permit application for the Waddi Solar Plant was approved by the Shire of Dandaragan in September and by the Development Assessment Panel in the second week of October.
An amendment to the planning permit for the Waddi Wind Farm was also approved by the Shire of Dandaragan two weeks ago. “The amendments included an increase to the wind turbine tip height from 152 metres to 165 metres and amendments to the location of the transmission line that will connect the project to the network. Waddi Wind Farm will comprise 57 wind turbines” explains Ben Purcell, Wind Prospect Pty Ltd General Manager of Development.
“To be involved in a project which combines both wind and solar on this scale is indeed ground-breaking” says Cameron, “the renewable energy industry is a dynamic one and Wind Prospect continues to grow and diversify its skill set to ensure that clients benefit from our expertise in wind and solar resources” explains Cameron.
The project has an investment value of some $500million and will employ over 150 people during construction ensuring both an economic and social upliftment to the region.