Badgingarra Wind Farm Officially Opens

Renewable energy infrastructure company, APA Group, announced the official opening of their 130MW Badgingarra Wind Farm. The $315 million clean energy project features 37 wind turbines and is expected to power approximately 115,000 homes.

Ecology and Heritage Partners were pleased to work closely with turbine supplier Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy carrying out flora surveys, environmental auditing, monitoring and compliance services, and providing advice for the final layout.

Services included:

  • Targeted flora surveys for Cadda Road Mallee Eucalyptus x balanites and Spiral-leaved Patersonia Patersonia spirifolia to inform the final layout of the wind farm
  • Preparation of an Environmental Management Plan for the construction phase
  • Independent inspections and documentation audits to monitor the environmental performance of all Siemens Gamesa sub-contractors during construction.

The site is 220km north of Perth and characterised by sandy soils, a wide variety of native vegetation and passing flocks of Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo.

Advice on how to avoid and minimise impact on native vegetation due to wind farm construction considered the species identified in the targeted surveys, native species present including Xanthorrhoea (grass trees) and flowering Western Australia Christmas Tree Nuytsia floribunda that were scattered across the site, and remnant patches of native vegetation.

Our team also advised on the risks and actions to:

  • Minimise impacts to watercourses or wetlands by managing sedimentation and run-off
  • Mitigate against importing and spreading weeds
  • Mitigate the risk of causing dieback form the plant pathogen Phytophthora cinnamomi.

Independent environmental auditing and monitoring ensured Siemens Gamesa and its sub-contractors complied with approval conditions and exceeded high standards of environmental performance.

Further Information

For further information about Badgingarra Wind Farm, or to discuss your project needs, please contact our team on 1300 839 325.


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