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Project to capture wind in the west

A proposed west Wimmera wind farm near Nhill will be designed to produce enough electricity to reduce Victoria’s carbon footprint by 150,000 tonnes a year.
The figure is the equivalent to taking 29,800 cars off the road.
Kiata Wind Farm is the latest multi million-dollar project to join a growing regional power-plant drawing board.
RES Australia is building up to 75 turbines at Ararat Wind Farm, and planning another 100-turbine farm for Murra Warra, between Horsham and Warracknabeal.
Enerfin Energy Company is building a 63-turbine Bulgana wind farm near Great Western and Pacific Hydro’s 35-turbine Challicum Hills wind farm, east of Ararat, has been operating since 2003.
Australian-owned and Canberra-based wind energy company Windlab, created out of the CSIRO in 2003, is behind the Kiata project. Estimates suggest it would create up to 70 jobs and pump $4-million into the west Wimmera economy and up to $12-million over its 25-year operational life.
Kiata Wind Farm project manager Matthew Parton said the project was in ‘very’ early stages.
“We have a lot further to go. We have to get the project approved for a start, establish finance and find a buyer. But it might be that construction starts at the end of this year,” he said.
Mr Parton said the farm might involve up to 13 turbines but he would not be surprised if it was less.

For full story, see the February 24, 2016 edition of The Weekly Advertiser.

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