WA renewable power projects switch on for summer

GHD Pty Ltd

Friday, 16 October, 2020

WA renewable power projects switch on for summer

Three major wind and solar farm projects in Western Australia have connected to the Western Power grid, providing zero-emissions energy to communities and marking a significant milestone in the journey towards the decarbonisation of energy systems in the state.

Bright Energy Investment’s Warradarge Wind Farm (183 MW), Greenough River Solar Farm Stage 2 (30 MW), and Alinta Energy and RATCH-Australia’s Yandin Wind Farm (214 MW) will provide energy to residential and industrial consumers who are connected to Western Power’s South West Interconnected Network.

All three projects will be connected before the peak of summer, when people use additional electricity to run air conditioners and swimming pools, thus providing a significant source of renewable energy to displace electricity generated from traditional fossil fuels.

As owner’s engineer on all three projects, GHD is helping its clients position Western Australia as a leading adopter of renewable energy. GHD’s role includes design review, commissioning support, contract compliance monitoring, project management, contract administration, document control, advice and site supervision.

“The owner’s engineer plays a critical role by helping the project navigate a variety of technical and contractual complexities from start to finish,” GHD’s Robert Ceic said.

“The owner’s engineer serves as the independent advocate for the owner and as well as filling technical gaps, supplementing the owner’s project team and leveraging the benefit of lessons learnt from a variety of GHD’s renewable energy projects outside of Western Australia.”

GHD Energy Market Leader Paul Buch noted, “Our teams have made a significant and valuable contribution to the ultimately successful completion of these exciting facilities that progress WA’s energy transition.”

Image caption: Greenough River Solar Farm.

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