Funding Powers Australian Wind Turbine

The Australian government will spend up to AUD$1 million (US$600,000) toward the construction of the new AUD$2 million (US$1.2 million) Rottnest Island Wind Project, which will reduce annual fuel consumption by more than 400,000 liters.

Rottnest Island, Australia – January 21, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] The Australian government will spend up to AUD$1 million (US$600,000) toward the construction of the new AUD$2 million (US$1.2 million) Rottnest Island Wind Project, which will reduce annual fuel consumption by more than 400,000 liters, acting Minister for Environment and Heritage Robert Hill said. The funding – provided from the Renewable Remote Power Generation Program (RRPGP) – will go toward 50 percent of the initial capital cost of the 600 kW wind turbine project. The Rottnest Island Authority will meet the balance of the cost. “The new 600 kW wind turbine will not only reduce the reliance of Rottnest Island on diesel for its power generation, but will also reduce reliance on limited rain and groundwater sources by helping power the island’s reverse osmosis desalination plant. It also reduces the need to transport and deliver diesel from the mainland to this pristine environment,” Hill said. Hill said the Rottnest Island Wind Project is the second major project approved by the West Australian division of the Renewable Remote Power Generation Program. The other major project is the Esperance Wind Farm of which the Federal Government approved late last year. The Rottnest Island Authority will call for supply and installation tenders for the wind turbine shortly and plans to have the development commissioned later this year. “The aim of the RRPGP is to displace the use of diesel fuel for electricity purposes by encouraging those reliant on diesel generation to adopt renewable generation technologies in remote locations with no access to the main electricity grid,” Hill said. “This is exactly what the Rottnest Island wind turbine project will achieve.”
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