Merredin wind farm approved

30 Sep, 2008 11:27 AM
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Merredin Shire Council has approved the construction of a wind farm by joint venturers Collgar Wind Farm and the CSIRO backed Windlab Systems.

Investec Bank (Australia) Ltd will fund and develop the $600 million project, comprising 127 wind turbines capable of annually generating up to 900,000 megawatt hours of electricity, or enough to power 160,000 homes.

The proposed 13,000 hectare site, 25km south-east of Merredin, comprises mainly cleared cropping and grazing land.

Investec project manager, Mark Headland, welcomed the Council decision, saying it was another positive step in a comprehensive process that would ultimately bring considerable benefit to the central wheatbelt and the whole of WA.

"The Council and local community have been very supportive of the project from the outset and we commit to continue the two way consultative process and due diligence which has helped us reach this point," he said.

Merredin Shire Council chief executive officer, Frank Ludovico, said there were excellent opportunities for local business involvement during the wind farm's construction phase.

The project's construction team is planning a forum in Merredin for local sub-contractors to register their interest in the project, probably in mid-October.

"We believe it's a very exciting project for the community going forward," he said.

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Len
1/10/2008 11:33:10 AM

Don't disconnnect the main grid Frank because there will be many times that the wind won't blow and there will be no power.
Philip Mathew
2/10/2008 10:37:46 AM

This will benefit the rural communities and generate more business and employment for the local people. I am pleased to see that we are investing more on renewable and clean energy. Every effort counts and this is one more step in the right direction.
caddie
13/04/2009 10:48:17 AM

I am looking at both wind and solar, with the excess electricity fed back to grid. Seeems like the way to go. Am putting the solar in shortly, then will work on wind.
derek
16/06/2012 3:55:00 PM, on Farm Weekly

Wind power experts Paper : The Limitations of Wind Power. State the average performance of a wind turbine is 40%.. The basic output is. The Cube of the wind speed by the Square of the turbine diameter. You need a wind speed of around 50/60 KPH for Notable Ouput. Over around 72 KPH the blades,"" feather" and output ceases.I.E.A costs. Onshore wind cost: per Kw Unit. 9.7 c. Off shore wind. 14.5 c per Kw Unit. Home power minor need. Keep mains on.

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