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$450m Silverton Wind Farm in NSW set to begin construction


Posted by Monica Gameng

The $450 million Silverton Wind Farm in western New South Wales is now set to commence construction. The Silverton Wind Farm – set to become the sixth largest wind farm in Australia – is a collaboration project between General Electric (GE), AGL Energy and CATCON.

“We are proud to be working in collaboration with AGL and CATCON to implement world-leading renewable energy expertise on a project that will have a major impact on reducing Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate the country towards its Renewable Energy Target,” said GE Australia and New Zealand CEO Geoff Culbert.

The 200MW wind farm is the first green-field development under the Powering Australian Renewables Fund (PARF) – a partnership between AGL, QIC Limited and Future Fund which was formed to develop approximately 1,000MW of large-scale renewable energy projects.

Once operational, the wind farm will be able to generate up to 780,000MWh of energy a year which is enough to power an average of over 137,000 Australian homes.

“We look forward to working with GE and CATCON in developing the Silverton Wind Farm on behalf of PARF. The fund was established to kick start growth in renewable generation in Australia, and Silverton is proof of this,” said AGL Managing Director and CEO Andy Vesey.

Silverton Wind Farm is going to be located in the Barrier Ranges in New South Wales – about five kilometres north of Silverton and 25 kilometres north-west of Broken Hill.

The project is also expected to generate up to 150 jobs during construction, most of them to be sourced from the local community.

The Silverton Wind Farm is expected to be fully operational by mid-2018.

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Source: Power-Technology.com, GE Newsroom and AGL

Monica Gameng

Monica Gameng

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