Ark Energy has withdrawn plans to build the 50.4MW Western Plains Wind Farm in north-west Tasmania, saying it will instead focus on developing larger utility-scale wind projects.
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“While the tip of the Stanley peninsula is an exceptionally windy location and the world leading wind resource makes it an excellent site for a wind farm, the scale of the project no longer fits with the priorities of Ark Energy’s portfolio,” the company said in a statement.
“Progress in the renewable energy industry and the need for more renewable energy capacity to be delivered sooner has accelerated. The size, wind turbine capacity and total output capacity of projects has been increasing rapidly.
“Our thanks go to all those in Stanley and the wider north-west Tasmania community who have engaged with us and also to Circular Head Council and other important stakeholders for their consideration.
“We especially thank the many private landowners who were involved, in particular the owners of the site for the opportunity to progress the project and for their unwavering support. We also wish to acknowledge their respectful stewardship of large areas of the Stanley peninsula.
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“Ark Energy believes the only way forward for Australia is to transition swiftly to renewable energy. The company remains committed to its other utility-scale wind farm projects in Tasmania and around the country.”