FRV signs an agreement with Lighthouse Infrastructure and DIF for the sale of the Clare solar plant in Australia

1 June

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), a leading global utility-scale solar developer, has signed a sale agreement with a consortium consisting of Lighthouse Infrastructure and DIF for the 100 MW AC (125 MW DC) Clare solar plant in Australia, which will continue to be operated and maintained by the company.

Developed by FRV, the plant was the first large-scale solar project in Australia to obtain funding without Government subsidy through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). The plant incorporates single-axis tracking systems to optimize power generation and, when finished, it will produce more energy than any other solar project commissioned to date in Australia.

The project, located 35 km southwest of Ayr, in northern Queensland, is currently under construction and is expected to begin operations in 2017. Its construction is contributing to the local economy with the creation of more than 200 jobs, and, once in operation, it will generate enough electricity to power about 42,000 Queensland homes. The plant will also allow the annual reduction of about 200,000 tons of CO2.

Rafael Benjumea, CEO of FRV, commented that "the project is FRV’s third project in Australia following the Royalla and Moree solar farms which are now in operation. However, it is our first project underpinned by a commercial PPA with Origin which reflects the increasing competitiveness of solar energy in Australia relative to other technologies”.

"Through the projects that FRV has in the country and the trust that funds and companies such as DIF and Lighthouse Infrastructure are placing in us, we are consolidating a leading position in the large-scale solar energy market not only in Australia, but also in the key solar markets worldwide," he added.

In May 2016, FRV signed a contract with the Australian energy company Origin Energy to sell 100% of electricity and large-scale renewable energy certificates produced by the plant (LRECs).

Source: FRV

Click here to go to online project datasheet: Clare Solar Farm

 

AGL granted permit to build up to 115 wind turbines at Coopers Gap

1 June

AGL Energy (AGL) has received a development permit from the Queensland Government to build up to 115 turbines for the Coopers Gap Wind Farm.

Coopers Gap Wind Farm, located 180km north-west of Brisbane, will become a significant renewable energy project for Queensland and the largest wind farm in the state.

It has an approved capacity of up to 460 MW, which would produce around 1,400 GWh of renewable energy, powering more than 240,000 average Australian homes. The renewable energy produced would reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 1,100,000 tonnes annually, which is the equivalent of talking over 320,000 cars off the road.

AGL’s Coopers Gap Wind Farm Project Manager, Evan Carless, said it is hoped the wind farm will be the next greenfield renewable development offered to the Powering Australian Renewables Fund (PARF).

“The PARF is a partnership between AGL, QIC and Future Fund, which is targeting the development of approximately 1,000 MW of large-scale renewable energy projects.

“The wind farm will provide economic as well as environmental benefits. It is another example of how AGL is committed to building a sustainable energy future,” Mr Carless said.

The site will be located on 10 properties near Cooranga North between Dalby and Kingaroy on land which is predominately used for cattle grazing and other farming activities. The wind farm is planned to be connected to a new Powerlink substation along the new Western Downs to Halys 275kV transmission line built by Powerlink.

Source: AGL Energy

Click here to go to online project datasheet: Coopers Gap Wind Farm 

 

Local region wind farm commences construction

2 June

A major milestone in the ACT’s push towards 100% renewable electricity takes place this week with construction commencing on Crookwell 2 wind farm’s 28 turbines, Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury said today.

“The farm will generate over 300,000 megawatt-hours per year of clean, renewable electricity each year which is enough to power around 42,000 Canberra homes and ensure we are well on the way to achieving our 100% renewable electricity target,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“The 91 Megawatt Crookwell 2 wind farm will be built within the Canberra region and will bring significant local investment benefits, bringing new jobs to the ACT and the involvement of local contractors and suppliers.”

The wind farm is being built by Global Power Generation Australia which, as part of its local investment commitments for the wind farm, has just moved its head office to Canberra. The 28 wind turbines will be supplied by General Electric and the civil and electrical works will be delivered by BMD Constructions and Consolidated Power Projects Australia, respectively.

As well as relocation of its head office, the local investment commitments of the wind farm include a collaboration to develop innovative technology demonstration projects in new areas such as zero-emission hydrogen transport and hydrogen energy storage.

The company will also employ at least six additional local staff during construction and has made a commitment to have as much as possible of the wind farm’s equipment and engineering supply based in Canberra during construction.

Mr Rattenbury said the wind farm is due to commence generation in September 2018. The Sapphire and Hornsdale Stage 2 wind farms will also begin generation next year with Hornsdale Stage 3 wind farm beginning generation in 2019.

“Once these four wind farms commence generation, the ACT will have achieved its target of sourcing 100% of our electricity from renewable sources,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“While the global community is disappointed by the Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, it is clear that cities and regions will play an increasingly important role in driving climate action.

“The ACT is leading the way by reaching key milestones towards our ambitious renewable energy targets, and showing the Trump and Turnbull Governments how to deliver on a clean energy future, and taking the ACT closer to achieving zero net emissions.”

Source: Canberra Government

 

Lord Howe Island turbines refused

2 June

The Department of Environment & Heritage has refused to allow the construction of two wind turbines on Lord Howe Island as it was deemed a “clearly unacceptable” action. The DEH decided the proposed action would have a negative impact on a matter protected by Part 3 of the EPBC Act, namely World Heritage properties and National Heritage places. The Lord Howe Island Board was proposing to combine 1 MW of renewable energy generating capacity to replace up to 70% of diesel powered electricity generation on the island via a hybrid system composed of 450kW solar PV and 550kW wind with 400kW battery storage.

 

Low emissions roadmap looks to a clean tech future

5 June 2017

Last year, the Government tasked the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to develop a Low Emissions Technology Roadmap to highlight areas of potential growth in Australia’s clean technology sector, map the development of new emissions reduction technologies and identify opportunities to be part of future global energy supply chains.

The Government has today welcomed the release of the CSIRO Low Emissions Technology Roadmap which strongly reinforces the Government’s technology neutral approach to emissions reductions and our focus on energy security and energy productivity.

The Roadmap explores major shifts in electricity generation and energy use in buildings, industry and transport out to 2050. In doing so it makes clear that there are a range of possible future technology pathways and that each of them presents its own challenges and opportunities.

The Roadmap identifies a series of actions for consideration by Government and industry, aimed at maximising the opportunities of the transition to a lower emissions economy.

Importantly, the Roadmap is optimistic about the opportunities for Australia – with its key finding that Australia is endowed with some of the world’s best energy resources, has good skills in low emissions technologies, strong institutions and trading relationships with big energy consumers.

The Government will consider the implications of the Roadmap as part of its response to the Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market and the 2017 review of climate policies. The Roadmap is available via csiro.au/letr.

Source: Federal Government

 

Genex welcomes Qld state government announcement of strategic transmission infrastructure for North Queensland

Genex Power Limited (ASX: GNX) (Genex or Company) welcomes the announcement from the Hon. Annastacia Palasczcuk, Queensland State Premier, in relation to the development of transmission infrastructure in North Queensland to unlock up to 2000MW of renewable projects in the region.

As part of the announcement, the Queensland Government has stated that it will commit $150m towards developing a transmission line which will allow the 250MW Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project and the 270MW Kidston Solar Project (Stage Two) to connect directly into the national grid.

This is a significant milestone for Genex as it secures a route to market for the renewable energy generated at Kidston. Genex will work with the government to ensure the development of the transmission assets fits in with the overall development of the Kidston Energy Hub.

The media release states in part:

“…The clean energy hub would connect the 75MW wind farm at Forsayth being developed by Infigen, the 520MW Kidston Hydro and Solar projects being developed by Genex and the Kennedy Energy Park, a combination of wind and solar generation with a capacity of 1200MW near Hughenden or other projects in the area.”

Responding to the media release, Genex’s Executive Director Simon Kidston, who was present at the announcement by the Premier said: “The announcement of the feasibility study represents a very significant milestone for Genex.

Transmission has always been a key piece of the puzzle for the Kidston Projects. The construction of the proposed transmission line would link Genex’s 250MW Pumped Storage Hydro Project and the 270MW Solar Project to Powerlink’s network, allowing fast and flexible energy to be delivered into the market. Genex is rapidly progressing with key contracting processes and financing arrangements for these two remaining Kidston Projects. We are anticipating the completion of a number of key milestones in the coming months.”

Source: Genex

 

Queensland leadership to spark new electricity supply and lower prices

5 June

The Queensland Government’s announcement of a range of policy measures and its commitment to a 50 per cent target for renewable energy by 2030 means new investment in power generation, jobs in regional centres and lower power prices, the Clean Energy Council said today.

Clean Energy Council Chief Executive Kane Thornton welcomed the announcement as a strong and comprehensive package which will ensure greater energy security and increased competition in the state’s energy market.

“Queensland is in the midst of a renewable energy investment boom, with almost 20 projects either under construction or due to start this year. This current investment boom is worth $2.2 billion, 1000 MW of new generation capacity and almost 1700 direct jobs, with many more benefits flowing into regional areas. Today’s policy initiatives will ensure this is just the beginning,” Mr Thornton said.

“The Federal Government’s Renewable Energy Target (RET) has been a key driver of this new investment, but the target is only to 2020 and there is no national energy policy in place beyond this point. A decade has now been wasted on the political debate about energy policy and this has resulted in under-investment in new generation. States are no longer waiting for leadership from the Federal Government.

“Renewable energy such as solar and wind has fallen in price to such an extent that it is now the lowest cost power generation possible to build today – cheaper than electricity produced by either new coal or new gas.

"With more than half of our coal plants past retirement age and the cost of gas skyrocketing, we can modernise our energy system with renewables at a lower cost than ever before,” he said.

As part of its commitment to delivering 50 per cent of the state’s electricity renewable energy by 2030 the Queensland Government today announced a reverse auction scheme expected to deliver 400 MW of new projects, which will deliver new jobs and investment to regional areas.

Mr Thornton said reverse auctions – where project developers bid to build projects at the lowest possible price – had been pioneered with great success and record low project cost in Australia by the ACT Government.

“The whole energy industry is hopeful that the final report from the Chief Scientist’s review of Australia’s energy security this week will provide a reset point and potentially broker a renewed spirit of bipartisanship. But it is understandable that states like Queensland are being proactive in providing the long-term investment certainty the sector needs to invest in new power generation,” he said.

Source: Clean Energy Council

 

Palaszczuk Government powers up an energy and jobs bonanza

5 June

In a major pre-Budget announcement, the Palaszczuk Government is investing $1.16 billion to ensure affordable, secure and sustainable energy supply for Queensland homes, businesses and industry.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today announced the Government’s Powering Queensland Plan - a roadmap to put downward pressure on electricity prices, power jobs and investment and lead the State’s transition to a low-carbon electricity sector.

“We know that rising wholesale prices and energy security have emerged as key issues in Australia over the last six months, driven by a lack of federal policy leadership undermining industry investment, gas supply restrictions in southern states, retirement of ageing coal-fired power stations and unprecedented demand during recent summer heatwaves,” the Premier said.

“That’s why last week my Government took swift action in response to the QCA’s regional price determination, investing $770 million to slash the price increase by more than half.

“My Government is committed to delivering stable electricity prices which have increased by just 1.9 per cent per year on average under our first term. This is in stark contrast to the 43 per cent increase inflicted by the Newman-Nicholls government over their term in office.

“We have used our public ownership of electricity assets to bring more supply into the market to reduce volatility and put downward pressure on wholesale prices, action would not have been possible if the LNP sold off these public assets.

“The Powering Queensland Plan – which includes the $386 million plan to strengthen and diversify North Queensland’s energy and water supply which I announced in Townsville on Friday - is by far the most comprehensive and decisive action by a State government to deal with Australia’s current energy crisis.”

Powering Queensland Plan

  • Provide electricity price relief by investing $770m to cover the cost of the Solar Bonus Scheme
  • Restart Stanwell Corporation’s 385 megawatt (MW) Swanbank E gas-fired power station
  • Direct Stanwell Corporation to undertake strategies to place downward pressure on wholesale prices
  • Investigate the restructure of the Government owned Corporation generators and potential establishment of ‘CleanCo’
  • Deliver a $386m Powering North Queensland Plan to strengthen and diversify the north’s energy supply
  • Establish Queensland Energy Security Taskforce which will implement outcomes of the Finkel Review which are accepted by Queensland, among other actions
  • Confirm the government’s commitment to a 50 per cent renewable energy target
  • Undertake a reverse auction for up to 400MW of renewable energy, including 100MW of energy storage
  • Improve large-scale project facilitation, planning and network connections
  • Implement the Queensland Gas Action Plan
  • Continue to advocate for stable, integrated national climate and energy policies

Treasurer Curtis Pitt said Queensland has a highly secure energy supply, including the four youngest and cleanest coal-fired generators in the National Electricity Market; however ongoing vigilance is needed to ensure our future energy security.

“The Powering Queensland plan includes commissioning the Energy Security Taskforce - a team of experts to guide the state’s robust energy security for both the short and long-term which includes implementing the Finkel Review recommendations,” he said.

“The Taskforce will implement Finkel Review outcomes accepted by Queensland, providing options for maintaining system security and reliability to power our communities and industries with the energy and the jobs of the future.

“The Taskforce will be chaired by energy expert, Finkel Review panel member and former Energex Chief Executive Terry Effeney, and members include Professor Suzanne Miller, Queensland’s Chief Scientist as well as Mr Jim Murphy Queensland’s Under Treasurer and Professor Paul Simshauser Director-General of Queensland’s Department of Energy and Water Supply.”

Energy Minister Mark Bailey said the first priority for the Taskforce would be to work with Queensland’s energy businesses to ensure Queensland’s system remains secure during the high demand periods over the 2017–18 and 2018–19 summers.

“The Taskforce will also lead work into developing transmission infrastructure in Queensland’s North-West to support a clean energy hub, assess the need for expanded interconnection between Queensland and other states, and investigate new hydro-electric generation sites,” Mr Bailey said.

“The Palaszczuk Government is today releasing its response to the Renewable Energy Expert Panel Final Report and re-affirming our commitment to a 50 per cent renewable energy target by 2030 (RET).

“The Expert Panel’s Final Report confirms its draft findings that the RET will deliver significant economic benefits to Queensland, with a broadly cost neutral impact on electricity prices while maintaining system security and reliability.

“On the basis of these recommendations, the Government will support investment for up to 400 megawatts of a diversified renewable energy capacity by providing revenue certainty through a reverse auction process, including a 100 megawatt energy storage component, with an emphasis on supporting local jobs and benefits”.

Mr Bailey said the Powering Queensland Plan positions Queensland to ensure affordability, supporting industry and jobs as the State transitions to a clean energy economy.

“The Palaszczuk Government will continue to work at the national level to support integrated policy, but in the absence of federal leadership we will not stand idly by and ignore the challenges facing the market,” he said.

"The Powering Queensland plan is firm action to ensure we continue to meet Queensland’s current and future energy needs.”

Source: Queensland Government

 

GE and GPG secure wind turbine contract for Crookwell 2 Wind Farm

7 June

  • Global Power Generation Australia (GPG) signs agreement with GE to supply and install 28 wind turbines for 91 MW Crookwell Wind Farm
  • Project to supply enough energy to power the equivalent of 41,600 Canberra homes upon completion in 2018

GE Renewable Energy (NYSE: GE) today announced an agreement with Global Power Generation Australia (GPG) to supply and install 28 3.4MW 130-metre-rotor wind turbines at one of Australia’s largest renewable developments, the 91 MW Crookwell 2 Wind Farm near Goulburn, NSW. Once operational, the wind farm will produce an excess of 300,000 megawatt-hours during the average year, with zero carbon emissions, an energy supply equivalent to that needed to power 41,600 Canberra homes.

Due to be completed in September 2018, Crookwell 2 will make a significant contribution to ACT’s commitment to source 100 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources after the ACT Government awarded GPG with a feed-in tariff entitlement to the development. It will be the first wind farm in Australia for Global Power Generation, which is aiming to secure additional long-term offtake agreements for other large renewable projects included in GPG Australia’s pipeline.

GE is rapidly becoming one of the technology providers of choice for Australian wind developments, and today’s announcement comes after similar agreements on large-scale projects in Silverton, NSW and Ararat, Victoria.

Global Power Generation CEO, Lluis Noguera, said: “We are thrilled to be working alongside GE and local contractors on a project that will significantly contribute to the energy transition underway in the Australian Capital Territory and throughout Australia.”

In addition, he explained: “This is the first milestone for Global Power Generation in Australia. We have a pipeline of projects that offer competitive energy prices to retailers, private customers and public actions, and some of them are already ready to be built.”

Geoff Culbert, President & CEO, GE Australia, New Zealand & Papua New Guinea, said: “GE will be delivering the very best technology to this project, which will benefit the environment as well as the local economy and community.” He also added: “Working together with Global Power Generation Australia, we are thrilled to play an active part in a project that will directly support 80 construction jobs and 14 ongoing operational jobs in the local region.”

Local sheep farmer Charlie Prell, whose property Gundowringa will host some of the 28 turbines, says the wind farm is a “game changer” for him and other landowners. “It gives you the financial flexibility to change your stocking rate, to spell pastures, to manage water courses much more sustainably and environmentally because you’ve got the passive income stream and you’re not reliant on the income from the stock, which is totally related to the weather conditions and the pasture conditions.”

Source: GE Renewable Energy

Click here to go to online project datasheet: Crookwell 2 Wind Farm

 

$300 million Wild Cattle Hill wind farm will create 150 jobs and power over 60,000 homes

6 June

The Hodgman Government’s vision is for Tasmania to become the renewable energy battery of the nation. Today we took another significant step forward with the Government, through Aurora Energy, and Goldwind reaching in principle agreement that will see a $300 million, 49 turbine wind farm developed at Wild Cattle Hill in the Central Highlands.

This is a massive investment for Tasmania, which will create 150 jobs during construction and around 10 ongoing jobs once construction is complete in 2020. The Hodgman Government will back the development of new renewable generation like Wild Cattle Hill because it will create jobs and grow the economy in regional Tasmania.

Once complete, the windfarm will generate 144 MW, enough to power over 60,000 homes and increase wind generation capacity in Tasmania by nearly 50 per cent.

This announcement comes just weeks after the Prime Minister and the Premier announced plans to consider additional investment in pumped hydro and other upgrades to boost Tasmania’s renewable energy output. We have a tremendous opportunity to capitalise on the building momentum for more renewable energy generation and the Hodgman Government is seizing it.

I hope to have more to say shortly about an exciting proposal for Granville Harbour.

Source: Tasmanian Government

Click here to go to online project datasheet: Cattle Hill Wind Farm

 

UPC Renewables enters the Australian market

8 June

International renewable energy developer, UPC Renewables today formally announced the entry into Australia with the creation of UPC Renewables Australia Pty Ltd.

UPC Renewables has been a developer for more than 20 years, with UPC-formed companies having developed more than 3,500 MWs of renewable energy and more than USD5 billion of capital deployed across three continents.

UPC Renewables Australia Pty Ltd, and the Hammond Family, owners of Robbins Island and other lands near Smithton on the north west coast of Tasmania, have signed an agreement to develop a Renewable Energy project on Robbins Island and at nearby Jims Plain.

UPC Renewables Australia Pty Ltd CEO Anton Rohner said the projects would have an aggregated output potential of between 600MW and 1,000MW of wind energy potential.

“The Robbins Island project itself is a very large isolated site and, together with Jims Plain, have some of the best proven wind resources in the world,” he said.

“Once built, it will complement the Prime Minister’s recently announced strategy for Tasmanian Wind and Hydro systems to act as south-east Australia’s renewable energy battery and is close to the Australian Energy Market Operator’s proposed entry point for a second interconnector between Tasmania and Victoria.”

“The Robbins Island and Jims Plain projects, together with Tasmania’s hydro assets and other new renewable energy projects, will assist in making a second interconnector a dispatchable and significant renewable energy generator into the National Electricity Market.”

A study into the feasibility of connecting directly to the Victorian grid from Robbins Island has also been initiated.

Almost 16-years-ago investigations commenced into the feasibility of a large wind farm on the west side of Robbins Island (total 10,184 hectares) and Jims Plain (total 380 hectares). More than 12 years of wind data, environmental studies and financial modelling were completed in preparation for lodgement of a Development Proposal and Environmental Management Plan for both sites.

Due to the lack of a viable transmission solution and volatility in government policy at the time, the project was placed in abeyance until early 2017.

Mr Rohner said: “With the changes in the energy market and potential viable transmission solutions available this projects is set to proceed; Robbins Island and Jims Plain could accommodate approximately 600MW to 1,000MW of wind energy generation capacity between them.”

“The technology to be deployed at the site will be mostly wind energy but the option of additional solar and other non-hydro based energy storage technologies is also contemplated,” he said.

The total Robbins Island and Jims Plains projects, once built, would cost between $1.2 billion and $1.6 billion.

The Robbins Island projects is targeted to be ready for investment by early 2019 and the project will create approximately 250 jobs during construction and 50+ jobs when operational. The smaller Jims Plan project is expected to be investment ready by mid-2018 with a smaller number of additional jobs.

“From here, we have further resource and environmental monitoring work to undertake with the development application processes and transmission studies commencing,” Mr Rohner said.

Mr Rohner also announced that Oliver Yates had joined the company as an Executive Director.

Mr Yates was the inaugural CEO for the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), a $10 billion fund set up by the Australian government to reduce emissions in Australia.

Mr Yates said he was excited to join the UPC Renewables team to develop Robbins Island, one of the largest renewable energy projects in the southern hemisphere and other UPC Renewables projects in Australia.

“This project has the scale and wind resource to become a major contributor to the energy supply challenges we face. Operating more than 90 per cent of the time once linked to Victoria, it is highly complementary to the National Electricity Market.”

Source: UPC Renewables

Click here to go to online project datasheet: White Rock Wind Farm (Tas)

 

Blueprint for a world-class electricity system

9 June

Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel has unveiled a blueprint to optimise the National Electricity Market as a world-class electricity system that can serve the needs of today and rise to the challenges of tomorrow.

Dr Finkel presented the Final Report of the Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market to COAG Leaders in Hobart today.

“Our electricity system is entering an era where it must deal with changing priorities and evolving technologies. If the world around us is changing, we have to change with it. More of the same is not an option, we need to aim higher,” Dr Finkel said.

“If we adopt a strategic approach, we will have fewer local and regional problems, and can ensure that consumers pay the lowest possible prices over the long term.

“The blueprint released today presents the essential elements for a strategic plan for our electricity future. It is up to Federal, State and Territory Governments to take these recommendations, make decisions, add detail and drive it forward.”

The blueprint will deliver four key benefits for the electricity system:

  • future reliability
  • increased security
  • rewarding consumers
  • lower emissions

The report uses three pillars to achieve these outcomes: orderly transition measures, system planning and stronger governance.

Under the orderly transition pillar, the Review Panel concluded that a Clean Energy Target is the most effective mechanism to reduce emissions while supporting security and reliability.

Existing large electricity generators will be required to give a three years’ notice of closure. This will signal investment opportunities for new generation and give communities time to adjust to the loss of a large employer.

The orderly transition would be underpinned by agreement from Australian, State and Territory governments to a national emissions reduction trajectory.

During the transition, security will be achieved through obligations on new generators to provide essential services to maintain voltage and frequency. Further, new generators will be required to guarantee supply of electricity when needed at a level determined following regional assessments by the market operator.

The second pillar of the blueprint, system planning, recommends a system-wide grid plan to inform network investment decisions and ensure security is preserved in each region. This would also include a list of potential priority projects to enable development of renewable energy zones.

The third pillar of stronger governance calls for a new Energy Security Board to drive implementation of the blueprint and deliver an annual health check on the state of the electricity system.

“The National Electricity Market is 5,000 kilometres long, spans five states and one territory and has more than 9 million metered customers. It’s essential that we get it right,” Dr Finkel said.

“I would like to acknowledge the outstanding work of the four Review panel members: Chloe Munro, Karen Moses, Mary O’Kane and Terry Effeney, and the Review taskforce over the eight months of the Review.”

The Review drew on an extensive public consultation process, with more than 390 public written submissions received and around 450 attendees at public consultation sessions held in five capital cities in early 2017. The Review also undertook more than 100 meetings with stakeholders.

The Review was announced on 7 October 2016, shortly after the black system event in South Australia in late September.

The report is available at https://www.environment.gov.au/energy/national-electricity-market-review.

Source: Federal Government

 

NEW PROJECT

Golden Plains Wind Farm

WestWind Energy Pty Ltd proposes to develop a wind energy facility comprising of up to 235 wind turbines and associated on site infrastructure near Rokewood in the Golden Plains Shire, Victoria.

Ancillary infrastructure associated with the Golden Plains Wind farm is:

- access tracks (approximately 152 km) and intersection upgrades

- Underground cables (approximately 207 km)

- Above ground cables (approximately 26 km) and associated infrastructure

- Up to six permanent meteorological masts (anemometers)

- Four electricity collector stations

- One electricity terminal sub-station

- Mobile Concrete Batching Plants

- Temporary site offices and amenities

Proposed wind turbine specifications are:

- Maximum tip height of 230 metres above ground level

- Wind turbine rotor will be in order of 150 metres in diameter, and

- Lower rotor sweep will be a minimum of 40 metres from natural ground level.

All components of the project (the ‘action’) will occupy an area 178 hectares, over a total site extent of 17,345 hectares.

Contact:

Tobias Geiger

Director

WestWind Energy Pty Ltd

Tel: (03) 5421 9999

Email: Geiger@w-wind.com.au

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