Emu Downs Wind Farm, Cervantes

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The Emu Downs Wind Farm is a 79.2 MW wind farm in Western Australia. It was a joint development between Stanwell Corporation and Griffin Energy. The site is approximately 200 kilometres north of Perth, near Cervantes. Construction of the $180 million project commenced in November 2005, and the project was commissioned in October 2006.Emu Downs consists of 48 Vestas wind turbines (each with 1.65 MW generating capacity), a substation, interconnection to the main 132 kV electricity grid, administration and stores buildings, and a network of access roads. The wind farm is close to the coast, with a good quality wind resource that has increased wind speeds and reliability aligning with periods for peak power demand.The wind farm provides electricity to run a desalination plant, 260km to the south. The Kwinana Desalination Plant, located just south of Perth, turns water from the Indian Ocean into nearly 152 million litres (40 million gallons) of drinking water per day.Emu Downs is accredited under the Australian Government's Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act 2000 and as a Green Power Generator by the Sustainable Energy Development Authority.In June 2011, the wind farm was acquired by the APA Group for $170 million from the failed Griffin Group.
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  • The Wind Farm: Many windmills, with great views, and a little displayed information. The Solar Farm: large as solar arrays go, but you cannot see that much. You can go only to the front gate (see the ...  more »
  • Came across the farm when driving to the Pinnacles. Did not know there were other wind farm other than the one in Albany, which I have visited a number of times. It could be seen clearly as the rest o...  more »
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  • We were there on Jun 1st, 2016. Worth stop a while. Beautiful scenery.
  • I didn't know there was such an eco-friendly facility. I stumbled upon the wrong way, but I had a very good chance. Hot sun on the hill on shore. Solar wind is blowing into the shore by solar power, wind power.... Cool.
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