Hydropower, Project Development, Wind Power

Wind Power Spreading Across Australia

The company which has just started Australia’s largest private windfarm has announced plans to develop another facility that will generate 75 MW of electricity.

MELBOURNE, Australia, AU, 2001-08-22 [SolarAccess.com] The company which has just started Australia’s largest private windfarm has announced plans to develop another facility that will generate 75 MW of electricity. Pacific Hydro has just commissioned the 18.2 MW windfarm at Codrington, and is seeking approval from city council in Ararat to install up to 50 turbines on the Challicum Hills at Buangor in western Victoria. The development is contingent on approval of the larger 150 MW four-site Portland Wind Energy Project in Victoria, currently undergoing a major Environmental Effects Statement process. “The Portland project is essential to kick-start a local manufacturing industry,” says managing director Jeff Harding. “The Challicum Hills Wind Farm at Buangor would save 200,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year and supply the average electricity consumption of 35,000 households. The proposal has been developed with the co-operation of relevant landowners and consultations have started with agencies and community groups. In each case, Pacific Hydro estimates construction time of one year from approval.