Siemens and Neoen Australia signed a contract for the Hornsdale Wind Farm project in the state of South Australia. Consisting of 32 Siemens direct drive wind turbines, this project will provide clean energy for more than 70,000 households. The agreement includes also a long-term service contract.
Neoen Australia is investing $182 million in the project, which will make a major contribution to the Australian Capital Territory government's target of 90 percent renewable energy by 2020. The project is underpinned by a 20-year contract to supply green energy to the ACT at a fixed price of $.07 per kWh.
After commissioning, the Hornsdale wind power plant is expected to produce over 400 GWh per year — an amount of energy equivalent to a fifth of the territory's annual electricity consumption.
This project will support the Renewable Energy Centre of Excellence at the Canberra Institute of Technology by creating opportunities for employment, training and investment in both the ACT and South Australia. It will also provide benefits to the Hornsdale community for the life of the project. Construction will begin immediately.
Siemens will provide the full turnkey project solution including 32 wind turbines with associated civil and electrical infrastructure. Siemens will also maintain the wind farm for Neoen on a long-term maintenance contract signed simultaneously with the EPC contract.