Western Australia Minister for Energy Peter Collier
Western Australia Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls
Ceremony To Launch State’s Biggest Renewable Energy Project
Victor P Taffa
Energy Minister Peter Collier and Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls have celebrated the official launch of one of Australia’s Biggest Wind Farms.
In Merredin today, the ministers took part in a ceremony to mark the start of Collgar Wind Farm’s Development, which will be Western Australia’s Biggest Renewable Energy Project.
Mr. Collier said when completed, the project would increase the total renewable energy generation in the South West Interconnected System from 5% to almost 9%.
“This year, the State Government approved Synergy entering a 15-year power purchase agreement, with a value of about $1.5 Billion, underpinning the development.” Mr. Collier said.
“This is a significant development, with a total capacity of 206 megawatts and reaffirms the Liberal-National Government’s commitment to delivering a cleaner energy future for WA.”
“It will help the State achieve its share of the national renewable energy target of 20 % by 2020, as our Government continues to press ahead with investment in renewable energy sources.”
Collgar Wind Farm will comprise 111 turbines dotted across 13,000 hectares and generate enough energy to power more than 125,000 homes every year.
It will ensure more than one million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions are saved each year equivalent to taking more than 250,000 cars off the road.
Up to 200 jobs will be created during the building phase, with ongoing jobs for up to 20 people once construction is completed. The wind farm should be operational by August 2011.
Mr. Grylls said this was a landmark renewable energy project for the Wheatbelt and the whole State.
“This development will provide many benefits for the region, both during the construction phase and during the life of the wind farm.” Mr. Grylls said.
“No longer shall we see the Wheatbelt as being just an Agricultural Region but a region for diverse development opportunities.” Mr. Grylls said.