Hydropower, Project Development, Wind Power

Australia Primed for 80,000 MW of Wind Energy

Australia may develop 80,000 MW of wind power by 2010, according to a wind energy developer in that country.

MELBOURNE, Victoria, AU, 2001-10-17 [SolarAccess.com] Wind currently totals less than 80 MW in Australia but, with exceptional wind resources from the ‘roaring forties,’ it is primed for rapid growth, says Jeff Harding of Pacific Hydro Ltd, who says in the company’s annual report that “Pacific Hydro will be a major participant.” In July, the company opened Australia’s largest windfarm of 18 MW capacity at Codrington in Victoria, and is planning two larger facilities at Portland and near Ararat in Victoria. Harding says wind projects will be the company’s major focus in Australia, while its international focus will continue to be small hydro projects where it has technical skills. He adds that Pacific Hydro is working on a number of international wind projects and will continue to investigate other technologies.