Hydro Tasmania Seeks Large Wind Farm Approval

Hydro Tasmania has lodged a development application with two South Australian councils for a 117 MW wind farm in the Clare Valley, about 100 kM north of Adelaide. If approved, the AUD 180 million (US $137 million) Waterloo Wind Farm, 30 km southeast of Clare township, could meet the electricity needs of almost 40,000 households.

“With the 66 MW Cathedral Rocks Wind Farm under construction as a joint venture with our partner EHN, Waterloo would give Hydro Tasmania a very strong presence in South Australia,” Hydro Tasmania’s Project Manager Dean Haley said. The development application the company lodged addresses technical, economic, social, environmental and Aboriginal and European cultural heritage issues, according to the company. Hydro Tasmania has also been undertaking community consultation about the project with local residents, landowners, key interest groups, councils and state and federal regulatory authorities. “We believe we have considerable community support for the wind farm, and we welcome the beginning of a public process in which any issues of concern can be raised,” Haley said. “We will endeavor to work through those issues so that this development will be welcomed by the community.” If the project is approved, Hydro Tasmania anticipates construction could begin in January 2006 and be completed by June 2007. Hydro Tasmania is Australia’s leading renewable energy business, producing around 60 percent of Australia’s electricity from renewable resources.

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