APA Group constructed the 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 worked closely with the turbine supplier, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, carrying out flora surveys, environmental auditing, monitoring and compliance services, and providing advice regarding the layout.
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 Calytorhynchus latirostris.
Our team advised on the risks and actions to:
Advice on how to avoid and minimise impact on native vegetation due to wind farm design, construction and operation considered the species identified in the targeted surveys, threatened Xanthorrhoea (grass trees), flowering Western Australia Christmas Tree Nuytsia floribunda scattered across the site, and remnant patches of native vegetation.
Independent environmental auditing and monitoring provided by Ecology and Heritage Partners ensured Siemens Gamesa and its sub-contractors complied with approval conditions and exceeded high standards of environmental performance.