The aim of this project is to create an environmentally and economically sound wind farm in South Australia, which will consist of up to 99 wind turbines with a combined generation capacity of 315 MW. Stage 1 consisted of 32 Siemens wind turbines with an installed capacity of approximately 102 MW. This stage was completed in 2016, followed by two further construction stages.
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We acted as Independent Technical Advisor during Stage 1 of the project. Our role primarily involved a pre-construction, technical due diligence of the project. This spanned a review of the contract documentation, grid connection arrangements, power purchase agreements and environmental and legislative compliance. We also undertook independent wind resource and energy yield assessment on behalf of debt and equity investors.
After this, we continued to work as the Independent Technical Advisor to the lenders during the construction phase, monitoring construction and commissioning progress and endorsing drawdown of debt funds.
The Hornsdale Wind Farm is predicted to generate approximately 1,050,000 MWh of electricity for the national power grid each year, helping to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. The electricity generated is contracted to be supplied to the Australian Capital Territory.
Adjacent to the wind farm, Tesla won the contract to construct the Hornsdale Power Reserve, a grid-connected battery to increase grid stability in adverse weather conditions. This was completed in 2017.