The Western Australian Government has approved Synergy to enter into a joint venture with a private sector investor to build the new Warradarge Wind Farm, near Eneabba.
The final capacity size of the Warradarge Wind Farm, which can be developed up to 250MW and is recognised as one of the best renewable energy projects in Australia due to its location, will be determined on completion of the engineering, procurement and construction contract tendering process that is currently underway.
Synergy and its partner will also jointly develop stage two of the Greenough River Solar Farm south of Geraldton to increase its capacity from 10MW to 40MW.
This joint initiative will ensure Synergy meets its Large-scale Renewable Energy Target (LRET) obligations through local projects, and will create about 200 new construction jobs.
Under Commonwealth legislation, the LRET scheme requires 33,000 gigawatt hours of renewable energy to be produced nationally by 2020 and those levels maintained until 2030.
Minister for Energy, Ben Wyatt, said the new renewable energy projects will meet the 2020 target and create 200 construction jobs in Western Australia.
“We will also create about 200 new construction jobs in regional Western Australia through securing the development of stage two of the Greenough River Solar Farm near Geraldton and Warradarge Wind Farm near Eneabba.
“The state has a great future in renewables and this is something everyone should be excited about.”