Australian Wind Farms Moving Ahead

April 19, 2002 [] The South Australian government has approved plans to build Australia’s biggest wind farm, which will comprise 23 wind turbines and generate 34.5 MW of electricity – enough to supply Renewable Energy to 18,000 households, or two percent of the state’s residential customers. The farm will reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions by up to 2.1 million tons of carbon dioxide during its 25-year life span. Construction work on the A$65 million (US$34.85 million) project will start next month north of Cape Jarvis on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Three, 20 meter sections of the first of six wind-turbine towers for Hydro Tasmania’s $A200 million (US$107 million) Woolnorth wind farm have been transported to the Australian state’s north-west. The six towers will be erected during the next eight weeks, with stage one of the project to be completed by July 2002. The towers were constructed in Hobart by Alstom Power and transported to Launceston for coating by Metal Protection Services. An announcement on the location of Vestas Wind’s north-west coast turbine assembly plant is expected soon.
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