Oz windfarms close to green light

Wind energy
Wind energy

New Zealand energy company Trustpower said two of its Australian wind farm projects are set to go ahead now the impasse on the Renewable Energy Target has been resolved.

Trustpower is developing the 260MW Palmer wind farm in South Australia, and the Dundonald project in Victoria, which has a capacity of up to 320MW.

The company’s chief executive Vince Hawksworth told New Zealand media both projects will have got through the approvals process by the end of the calendar year, acknowledging there was then a two-to-three year time frame to get the projects to fruition.

Trustpower is the owner of the giant Snowtown wind farm in the mid-north of South Australia, which represents one-third of the company’s total installed power generation.

In addition to Palmer and Dundonald, Trustpower has developed an extensive pipeline of other potential projects,and is also at the initial stages of having researched sites at Rye Park, New South Wales (up to 300MW), Wingeel, Victoria, at a very early state (400MW), and another undisclosed location in Victoria (400MW).

The company also has an early stage option on another potential site in NSW, which could be in the 500-600MW range.