The Canunda Wind Farm’s contribution to a future powered by renewable energy
The construction of the Canunda Wind Farm was one of ENGIE Australia’s distinctive contributions to our vision of a renewable energy future. The farm has been in operation since March 2005 under the joint ownership of ENGIE (72 per cent) and Mitsui & Co Ltd (28 percent).
It is located just south of Millicent in South Australia and, in this prime location, it is able to produce electricity 34 per cent of the time, which in comparison to global standards is a very high wind yield
The 8km long site contains 23 turbines reaching heights of 107 metres from the base of the tower to the tip of the blade.
They can generate power from wind speeds as little as 4m/sec and produce maximum energy at 14m/sec.
On the windiest of days, they can reach speeds of up to 25m/sec which is 90km/h.
Canunda has the capability of generating a total of 46MW of electricity. This output can supply power to an average of 30,000 homes across South Australia. The power is transported through 14km of 33,000-volt transmission lines to the nearby Snuggery substation, located next door to ENGIE’s main Snuggery power station.
Since its opening, the Canunda Wind Farm has been received positively by the South Australian community. It has given the public a clean alternative to traditional energy resources.
How does a wind turbine work?add add
Wind as an energy source is free, plentiful, sustainable and renewable. All over the world, wind turbines capture power from the wind and convert it into electricity.
The Global Wind Energy Council has reported that wind energy could make up 20 percent of worldwide electricity production by 2030. Today, it’s at 4 percent. This production could create 2.4 million new jobs and reduce CO2 emissions by more than 3.3 billion tons per year.
ENGIE is leading the transition to a zero-carbon economy, in part, by investing in wind farms in Australia and all around the world.
Location: Millicent, South Australia
Maximum Capacity: 46 MW
Commissioned: March 2005
- 23 Turbines
- 46 MW of electricity generation
- Powering 30,000 homes
- 34% wind yield
- 39 metre turbine blade spans
- Turbine speeds of up to 90km/h