Australian Renewable Energy company Pacific Hydro Ltd. has been given the go-ahead by the Australian government for the development of the company’s wind farm at Portland, in Victoria…Portland, Victoria, Australia – October 23, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] Australian Renewable Energy company Pacific Hydro Ltd. has been given the go-ahead by the Australian government for the development of the company’s wind farm at Portland, in Victoria. The Portland Wind Energy Project involves the erection of 120 wind generators at four sites around Portland and is Australia’s largest Renewable Energy project. “We are pleased that we are now one step closer to being able to deliver significant benefits to the local community,” said Jeff Harding, Pacific Hydro Managing Director. Our Codrington Wind Farm that has been operating near Port Fairy since June 2001 has become one of the major tourist attractions along the coast.” The 180 MW project will actually integrate four wind farms built simultaneously at Cape Bridgewater, Cape Nelson, Cape Sir William Grant and Yambuk, creating one of the biggest wind farm projects in the world and the largest in the southern hemisphere. By replacing electricity mainly generated by burning coal – the biggest single source of greenhouse emissions – PWEP will avoid up to 700,000 tons of greenhouse gases being pumped into our atmosphere each year. Pacific Hydro’s aim to achieve 90 percent Australian content for the project will deliver considerable economic and social benefits upon southwest Victoria including a US$100 million injection into the local economy and the establishment of a wind energy manufacturing and assembly industry. A wind generator manufacturing industry will create up to 2,000 new jobs in Victoria, as well as an export market worth up to US$100 million per year, according to Pacific Hydro. Wind farms have proved to be major tourist attractions with more than 70,000 people entering the Codrington wind farm viewing area in the last year, and a thousand people a month taking paid tours of Codrington Wind Farm Tours.