Australia’s biggest wind farm with almost 600 turbines, is to be be built in far western New South Wales.
State government approval has been given for the project, which will generate enough electricity for 200,000 homes.
Premier Nathan Rees said on Wednesday the $2.2 billion venture near Broken Hill would help secure NSW’s future energy needs.
“The construction of Silverton Wind Farm Developments (SWFD) wind farm is great news for jobs and the economy in the far west and even better news for the environment…” Mr Rees said the wind farm would create 700 jobs in the Broken Hill area during the five-year construction period and 120 jobs when up and running…
Stage one will involve erecting 282 wind turbines, with the number increasing to 598 by the final stage.
NSW had approved 14 wind farms with a total capacity output of 2,486 megawatts since 2005, Mr Rees said.
“When all of these wind farms are up and running they will save more than six million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually,” he said. “This is the same as taking over one million cars off the road and will have capacity to power approximately 800,000 houses.”
Crikey! Looks like a lot of space in my neck of the prairie. In winter. We get a little greener than this.
I only wish we had the wind power, politicians, utility companies and conviction to match. PNM – our electric company here in New Mexico – functions as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Los Angeles County.