Canunda Wind Farm
Canunda wind farm at sunrise
LocationTantanoola, South Australia
Coordinates37°44′02″S 140°23′42″E / 37.734°S 140.395°E / -37.734; 140.395
Commission dateMarch 2005
Construction costA$92.5 million
Owner(s)GDF Suez Energy Australia 72%, Mitsui 28%
Wind farm
Site usagegrazing
Hub height67 m (220 ft)
Rotor diameter80 m (262 ft)
Power generation
Units operational23
Make and modelVestas
Nameplate capacity46 MW
Capacity factor34

Canunda Wind Farm (formerly named Lake Bonney Central Wind Farm) is a $92.5 million, 46 MW wind power project located on grazing land approximately 16 kilometres south of Millicent, and 6 kilometres west of Tantanoola in South Australia.[1] It is jointly owned by GDF Suez Energy AustraliaEn 72%) and Mitsui (28%).

The wind farm is made up of 23 Vestas 2.0 MW wind turbines, together with an underground electrical cable network, access tracks, crane hardstandings, wind monitoring masts and a 33 kV double-circuit distribution line. Each turbine consists of a 67-metre-high (220 ft) tower and 40-metre-long (130 ft) blades, and so are 107 metres in height to the tip of the blade. These wind turbines rotate at speeds between 9 rpm and 19 rpm, depending on the wind speed. The wind yield in South Australia enables Canunda to produce electricity at a 34 per cent capacity factor, a high yield by global standards.[1]

The wind farm generates enough electricity to supply around 30,000 average South Australian homes. The Canunda Wind Farm distribution line is 16 km long and transports the generated electricity from the wind farm to a nearby substation at Snuggery. The distribution line traverses mostly roadside verges, avoiding areas of environmental sensitivity along the route.[1] The Canunda Wind Farm provides a number of benefits to the local and wider community, including clean electricity generation, enhanced agricultural viability of the farms involved and increased diversity of electricity supply for South Australia and the south east in particular. There has also been widespread community interest in the project and site tours have commenced.[2]

The Canunda Wind Farm was opened by the Premier of South Australia, Mike Rann, on 31 March 2005. The project was completed on time and on budget and Wind Prospect provided engineering support to the owners of the wind farm, International Power, during the construction phase. Canunda Wind Farm was International Power's first wind farm globally. It represents a diversification of the company's energy business in Australia.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Wind Prospect -- Canunda". Archived from the original on 3 July 2007. Retrieved 28 March 2007.
  2. ^ Wind Prospect (undated). Wind: Clean, Safe, Australia's Future Archived 3 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine