Ararat wind farm produces first energy

Released 30/08/2016

The first turbines are now producing clean electricity at the Ararat Wind Farm in south-west Victoria, Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Simon Corbell, announced today.

“The first 5 of the total 75 turbines at the 240MW farm are now operating with a further 20 built and ready to be energised soon, which is a huge milestone in the construction of the project,” Mr Corbell said.

“When the ACT’s component of the farm is up and running, the farm will produce enough energy to power 37,160 Canberra homes.

“The 80.5MW ACT component, which consists of 27 turbines, is due to be completed in April 2017.

“Once operational it will be managed by ACT based company Windlab, providing local jobs and creating a diverse economy in the Territory.”

The wind farm will produce clean energy for Canberra homes over the next 25 years.

“Providing clean energy for Canberra homes is a key commitment for this government as we head towards a low-carbon future,” Mr Corbell said.

“The Ararat Wind Farm is also supporting the CIT Renewable Energy Skills Centre of Excellence and the Australian National University Master’s unit in Wind Energy, paving the way for future generations to work in the renewable sector in our city.”

The Ararat Wind Farm Pty Ltd is co-owned by a consortium of Renewable Energy Systems (“RES”), GE (NYSE: GE), Partners Group on behalf of its clients, and OPTrust.

For more information on the ACT Government’s commitment to 100% renewable energy visit www.environment.act.gov.au/energy/cleaner-energy

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