Aussie 67.5 MW Wind Farm Gains Approval

Australian renewable energy company, Pacific Hydro announced plans for a wind farm at Clements Gap in South Australia of up to 67.5 MW capacity. Port Pirie Regional Council has unanimously supported the planning application. Construction is planned to start in mid 2004 on the AUD$90 million (US$59.3 million) project, situated 15km south west of Crystal Brook in the Barunga Range, subject to completion of a number of commercial issues.

Clements Gap, South Australia – August 18, 2003 {SolarAccess.com] Clements Gap Wind Farm will have up to 45 generators, creating enough zero-pollution energy to supply the electricity requirements of up to 30,000 homes and abate 190,000 tons of greenhouse gases each year. Pacific Hydro General Manager Wind Energy, David Hastings, said that the Council approval is a significant milestone in the project’s development. “We take a lot of care to ensure our projects are responsibly developed, and the Council approval reflects the strong local support the wind farm enjoys,” said Hastings. “Clements Gap Wind Farm will make a meaningful contribution to Australia’s efforts to reverse global warming, provide a significant boost to the local economy at the same time, and provide diversification from agriculture.” Pacific Hydro is continuing wind monitoring and engineering and planning development work at the site. Construction of the Clements Gap wind farm is expected to commence within 12 months, with generation to start towards the end of 2004. Pacific Hydro develops and operates renewable energy projects around Australia and the Pacific. The company operates the 18.2 MW Codrington Wind Farm and the 52.5MW Challicum Hills Wind Farm in Victoria, and now has approvals to build 254.7 MW of wind farms in Victoria, South Australia, and Western Australia.
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