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.
After a successful construction period and following the move to operations, Collgar Wind Farm elected to refinance its senior debt facilities, this transcation successfully closed in late November 2013.
Terms of the new debt facilities reflect the quality of the Asset, its operations and its relationship with stakeholders.
5th November 2013
A UNIQUE partnership between a giant wind farm, a 1920s theatre and a leading Australian puppetry company will see the stories and characters of a Wheatbelt town take centre stage in a new theatre show to premiere in a year's time.
Joining with the Shire of Merredin and Collgar Wind Farm, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre will visit Merredin to immerse itself in the lives of the community from November 11 to 22.
This is the first of two residencies as part of the development of a new show called Farm, which will premiere at Cummins Theatre in September next year.
Last Tuesday, Collgar Wind Farm chief executive Thomas Scott-Morey presented a $20,000 cheque, the first instalment, to Spare Parts Puppet Theatre. The second instalment will be presented in time for the theatre company's second residency program in Merredin around March next year.
Read the Merredin Mercury articles for further information:
25th June 2013
Collgar Wind Farm was the largest Australian wind farm producer of Large-scale Generation Certificates (LGCs) and produced the second most LGCs for generation in 2012 with 686,235.
Read the Climate Spectator article for further information