Hornsdale Power Reserve, South Australia, Australia - Project details and construction updates

Last Modified: Wed Jun 30 2021 23:47:14 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 315 MW
    generation capacity of the Hornsdale Wind Farm (aka Hornsdale Power Reserve) situated North of Jamestown in the locality of Hornsdale about 3 hours’ drive from Adelaide. The project was executed in 3 stages: Stage I - 100 MW, Stage II - 100 MW, Stage III - 115 MW.
  • 1,050 GWh
    of electricity will be generated per year. Stage I - 400 GWh.
  • 180,000
    approximate number of households that can be powered by the farm each year. Stage I - 70,000
  • ? tonnes
    estimated reduction in CO2 emissions each year, once the farm is fully operational. These reductions will be equivalent to taking either 290,000 cars off the road or planting 1,900,000 trees.
  • 7,500
    hectares of land will be used for the wind farm.
  • 99
    turbines each of 3 MW capacity will be used. Stage I and II will use 32 turbines each and Stage III will use 35. Turbine will be supplied by Siemens.
  • 3
    major organisations involved: Project Developer: John Laing Group, Neoen, EPC and O&M: Siemens, Distribution: National Electricity Transmission Grid
  • $750 million
    project cost of all 3 stages combined.
  • 250
    peak jobs during construction phase.
  • 6 - 10
    long term jobs will be created in South Australia
  • 19 Jan 2017
    Stage 1 of the Hornsdale Wind Farm was switched on to the grid in a special ‘energization ceremony’.
  • 27 Jun 2016
    Stage 2 reaches financial close. Stage 2 will be financed by International banks KFW IPEX-Bank GmbH and Societe Generale, with Investec providing a Junior loan to the holding company.
  • Jan 2017
    50% of Stage 2 construction completed.
  • 29 Aug 2016
    Stage 3 has been awarded a 20 year Feed-in-Tariff in the Australian Capital Territory Next Generation Renewables Auction and thus paves the way for construction of Stage 3 to being early 2017.
  • 20 year
    power purchase agreement (PPA) with the ACT for supply of 309 MW power (100 MW, 100 MW, 109 MW from Stages I, II and III respectively).
  • Apr 2017
    All 32 turbines of Stage II commissioned, connected to the grid and generating.
  • 07 Jul 2017
    Historic agreement signed between Neoen, Tesla and the South Australian government under which Tesla will install a 100MW / 129MWh battery system within 100 days of Stage III connecting to the grid (and if it fails to do so within 100 days, provide the system for free).
  • Aug 2017
    All 35 turbines in Stage III connected to grid. 26 commissioned and generating.