Alinta, an electricity and gas provider with an owned and contracted generation portfolio of up to 1957MW, has ordered components for the Yandin Wind Farm in Western Australia.

The Yandin Wind Farm will provide renewable energy to over 200,000 homes, making it the state’s largest renewable power plant.

Located approximately 150km north of Perth, the Yandin Wind Farm project will feature 51 Vestas V150-4.2MW turbines with hub heights of 105m to maximise performance in the site’s specific wind conditions. Vestas will also construct the entire project through an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreement.

Alinta will also look to Vestas to keep Yandin operating through a 25-year Active Output Management 4000 (AOM 4000) service agreement, designed to maximise uptime and ensure optimised performance of the project. The service agreement covers scheduled and unscheduled maintenance for the wind turbines, electrical and civil balance of plant.

The Yandin Wind Farm is the first wind energy project developed by Alinta, and its largest investment in renewable energy to date.

With a very competitive cost of energy, the Yandin project demonstrates Alinta’s determination to make energy more affordable and sustainable for its customers.

Once in operation, Yandin will also allow Alinta to reduce its use of natural gas for electricity generation, reducing its energy production costs and illustrating how renewable energy is quickly becoming the lowest-cost energy technology in Australia.

Commercial operations at Yandin are scheduled to commence in the third quarter of 2020.

Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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