GE and GPG secure NSW wind turbine contract

GE Renewable Energy has signed an agreement with Global Power Generation Australia (GPG) to supply and install 28 3.4MW 130m-rotor wind turbines at one of Australia’s largest renewable developments in New South Wales.

The 91MW Crookwell 2 wind farm, located near Goulburn, will produce an excess of 300,000MWh every year or enough to power 41,6000 Canberra homes.

The project is expected to make a significant contribution to the ACT’s commitment to source 100 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources after the ACT government awarded GPG with a feed-in tariff entitlement to the development.

“We are thrilled to be working alongside GE and local contractors on a project that will significantly contribute to the energy transition underway in the Australian Capital Territory and throughout Australia,” GPG chief executive officer Lluis Noguera said.

“This is the first milestone for Global Power Generation in Australia. We have a pipeline of projects that offer competitive energy prices to retailers, private customers and public actions, and some of them are already ready to be built.”

GE Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea president and chief executive officer Geoff Culbert said the project is expected to create 80 jobs during construction and 14 ongoing jobs in the local region.

“GE will be delivering the very best technology to this project, which will benefit the environment as well as the local economy and community,” he said.

Sheep farmer Charlie Prell, whose property Gundowringa will host some of the 28 turbines, said the wind farm is a “game changer” for him and other landowners.

“It gives you the financial flexibility to change your stocking rate, to spell pastures, to manage water courses much more sustainably and environmentally because you’ve got the passive income stream and you’re not reliant on the income from the stock, which is totally related to the weather conditions and the pasture conditions,” he said.

The project is due to be completed in September 2018.