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Huge wind farms to go ahead in South Australia and Western Australia

Go-ahead given for huge wind farm   5 July 12,    FINAL State Government approval has been given for the construction of a $900 million, 105-turbine wind farm in the state’s mid-north.

The 315 megawatt Hornsdale wind farm, to  be built 15km from Jamestown, would  be the state’s largest, with the capacity togenerate 1,050,000 megawatt hours of electricity a year. The Development Assessment Commission gave provisional approval to the development in May, with Planning Minister John Rau yesterday giving developer Investec Bank Australia the green light to begin the development. Energy Minister Tom  Koutsantonis said the project would create up to 250 construction jobs locally.

Mega wind farm for Mid West Daniel Mercer, The West Australian July 6, 2012,  State-owned power generator Verve is planning to significantly increase WA’s share of renewable energy supplies by spending $600 million to build the State’s biggest wind farm.

Despite questions about the Federal Government’s commitment to a
minimum level of green energy, Verve confirmed it was seeking to build
a massive $600 million wind farm in the Mid West.

In documents lodged with WA’s environmental watchdog, Verve said the
Warradarge wind farm, about 270km north of Perth, could produce enough
electricity to power 140,000 homes.

The wind farm would have up to 100 turbines at a maximum height of
152m. They would be built in three stages between 2014 and 2020.

Touting an overall capacity of 250MW, the project would eclipse the
privately-owned Collgar operation near Merredin, which opened last
June and cost $750 million, as the biggest wind farm in WA.

“The wind farm would also avoid at least 700,000 tonnes of CO{-2} from
entering the atmosphere annually,” Verve told the Environmental
Protection Authority. A Verve spokesman said the plan was subject to a
number of hurdles including board and State Government approval and
the completion of a 330kV powerline from Eneabba to Three Springs.
However, if approved the wind farm would be a major boost to the
proportion of WA’s electricity sourced from renewable generators.

Perth and the South West currently get about 9 per cent of their
energy from renewable providers but the Warradarge proposal would lift
that to about 12 per cent. It would also be the latest in a rush of
wind farms springing up across WA, with Verve poised to put the
finishing touches on a 55MW project further north near Geraldton……

July 6, 2012 - Posted by | South Australia, wind | ,

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