Australia Wants to Manufacture Wind Turbines

A renewable energy company wants to manufacture wind turbines in Australia in order to reduce the costs of operating its windfarms.

CODRINGTON, Victoria, AU, 2001-07-31 [SolarAccess.com] A renewable energy company wants to manufacture wind turbines in Australia in order to reduce the costs of operating its windfarms. Pacific Hydro Ltd. wants to establish the manufacturing capability in southwest Victoria. “We’re keen to facilitate the establishment of a wind turbine manufacturing industry near Portland” that will create 300 direct and 1,500 indirect jobs, explains company chairman Kingsley Cullen. “There is also the potential for significant exports through Australia and Asia. We’re trying to create the market so that we can manufacture these turbines here in Australia and reduce the capital cost and the price of electricity.” The largest windfarm in Australia and the first in Victoria was opened last week by premier Steve Bracks at Codrington, southwest of Melbourne. The Au$33 million facility uses 14 turbines to generate electricity for 14,000 homes. Pacific Hydro sells the generation from the 18 MW Codrington site to Origin Energy Ltd., which wants to develop a 150 MW windfarm in nearby Portland at a cost of $250 million.
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