The largest and first non-government windfarm in Australia has been officially opened, after less than a year of construction.CODRINGTON, Victoria, AU, 2001-08-28 [SolarAccess.com] The largest and first non-government windfarm in Australia has been officially opened, after less than a year of construction. The Codrington windfarm near Port Fairy in southwest Victoria, has 14 turbines, each of 1.3 megawatts, generating electricity for 14,000 homes. The facility will abate 76,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum through the generation of renewable energy in a country where coal and gas-fired generation is the main source of power. With a combined capacity of 18.2 MW and total capital cost of A$33 million, the Codrington windfarm was developed by Pacific Hydro after extensive consultation with local council, land holders, environmental groups and other local stakeholders. The company is completing another environmental statement for a further four-site windfarm in the Portland region, to generate another 150 MW. This new facility may begin construction inside a twelve months and again take only about a year to build. The growing interest in cleaner energy sources and the roaring forties wind pattern along Australia’s south coast, offers a major opportunity for wind power generation in at least three of Australia’s states. Pacific Hydro is launching a Blue Wind Energy brand for marketing its renewable energy production through electricity retailers. The Australian government has ruled that, by 2010, retailers must find an extra 9,500 gigawatt hours of electricity from renewable energy, driving an increased demand for alternative power supplies.