AUSTRALIA IN GIANT WIND FARM PLAN

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AUSTRALIA IN GIANT WIND FARM PLAN

 user 2007-10-08 at 9:49:00 am Views: 85
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    Australia in giant wind farm plan
    The area is said to have Australia’s best wind resources
    Plans
    to build Australia’s largest wind farm have been announced by the
    German company Conergy.The project would involve installing about 500
    turbines near the outback town of Broken Hill in New South Wales.The
    Australian government wants renewable sources to generate 15% of the
    country’s energy needs by 2020.The giant wind farm could generate
    enough electricity for 400,000 homes and put quite a dent in
    Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.Research has shown that the
    sparsely populated site is particularly blustery.Scientists have said
    it has some of Australia’s “best wind resources”.

    Overwhelming’ support
    The
    $1.8bn project is the idea of Conergy – one of Germany’s largest solar
    power companies.A spokesman for the firm said construction of the
    facility was expected to begin in 2009 and would take about three to
    four years to complete.

    Negotiations with landowners have already begun.
    The
    ambitious development would transform this dusty corner of Australia’s
    interior.The region was the back-drop for the post-apocalyptic movie
    Mad Max 2, released in the early 1980s.Conergy has said there is
    overwhelming support for the project – both in the local community and
    from environmentalists.