Welcome to Collgar Wind Farm
Collgar Wind Farm is a $750 million renewable power project at Merredin in Western Australia’s central wheatbelt. Merredin farmers have leased portions of their properties to Collgar Wind Farm for the largest single stage wind farm in the southern hemisphere to date.
The giant Collgar project has been developed by international investment bank UBS and the Retail Employees Superannuation Trust (REST), Australia’s largest superannuation fund by membership with 1.8 million members. The UBS International Infrastructure Fund (UBS IIF) retains a 60 per cent ownership of the project with the remaining 40 per cent held by REST.
The Collgar Wind Farm, built over a land envelope of 18,000Ha, has 111 Vestas V90 turbines with a power production capacity of 206MW, generating on average 792,000 MWh per year, enough to provide electricity to power a small city of 125,000 homes. This is more than double the size and power generating capacity of the next two biggest wind farms in WA, at Walkaway near Geraldton and Emu Downs near Cervantes.
The Collgar Wind Farm has almost doubled the level of renewable energy in the South West Interconnected System (SWIS) from 5 per cent to 9 per cent. Government policy has established a target 20 per cent renewable energy by 2020 across Australia.
Collgar Wind Farm generates and delivers clean, renewable electricity into the SWIS each year, therby making a major contribution to Western Australia's greenhouse gas reductions. These reductions will be equivalent to taking 160,000 cars off the road and planting 1,000,000 trees. Collgar Wind Farm will produce enough electricity to power approximately 125,000 Western Australian homes with renewable energy.
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The Guardian Australian – Powering People In the Country, Transformative Technologies Across Australia
In September 2014, The Guardian Australia, sponsored by General Electrical, produced an multimedia feature entitled ‘Powering People in the Country’.
MP Melissa Price visited Collgar Wind Farm on September 9th.
“With much talk about renewable energy it was good to see firsthand the Collgar Wind Farm out of Merredin on the Narambeen road. CEO Thomas Scott-Morey shows me the spare blades which are 45 meters long. There are 111 turbines over 14 farms over 190 sq kms.”
See Melissa’s Price facebook comment and photos with CEO Thomas Scott-Morey here: Photos from Melissa Price - Durack's post
The Collgar Wind Farm Board of Directors and representatives of Collgar management visited Merredin College on Thursday 4 September to meet the Collgar VET Scholarship winners (Jamieson Mitchell-Smith and Slade Johnston) and to observe first hand some of our pre-primary students putting the primary computer room to good use.