Largest Wind Farm In Southern Hemisphere Opens In Australia

Equipment and personnel from four continents banded together to build the largest wind farm in the world’s southern hemisphere: the 420 MW (nearly ½-billion-watt) Macarthur Wind Farm. The Macarthur Wind Farm is now officially open and pouring electricity into the country’s electric grid.

Mcarthur wind farm
Vestas Wind Farm (probably Mcarthur).
Image Credit: Vestas.

This is clearly a step in the right direction. This is a $1 billion AUD ($1.05 billion USD) project. The farm is owned by Australian-based AGL Energy and New Zealand-based Meridian Energy.

With this 420 MW Mcarthur wind project, Vestas has installed over 50% of Australia’s cumulative wind power capacity. The Musselroe project will come online later this year, and its 160 MW capacity will carry that figure up to about 60%.

“Vestas is strongly committed to the Australian market and very pleased to have such good working relations with our key customers here,” says Vestas CEO Ditlev Engel. “Australia is now enjoying the benefits of large-scale clean energy investment and jobs, thanks to its Renewable Energy Target. Bipartisan support for this policy is a crucial element in creating the long-term business certainty to make billion dollar investments like the Macarthur project a reality.”

The Mcarthur Wind Farm was the first project to utilize the Vestas V112-3.0 MW wind turbine.

AGL Managing Director & CEO Michael Fraser says, “The V112-3.0 MW is the perfect solution to meet our need for a highly-productive and cost-effective turbine for the medium wind speeds on the project site.”

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