White Rock Wind Farm to create big benefits

Goldwind and CECEP Wind Power Corporation’s greenlit White Rock Wind Farm in northern New South Wales will deliver widespread benefits to the region, according to the Clean Energy Council.

Clean Energy Council chief executive Kane Thornton said the decision was further evidence of stability and confidence returning to the renewable energy industry.

“The White Rock Wind Farm will deliver substantial economic benefits to the region, including the creation of 200 jobs during construction, 10-15 ongoing jobs and a total investment of $400 million,” Mr Thornton said.

“People in New England are incredibly supportive of renewable energy, and it is great to see the Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce supporting this project in his electorate.

“Australian renewable energy projects have attracted strong interest from domestic and international investors recently, with several recent deals such as the purchase of the Taralga Wind Farm and the sale of the renewable energy firm Pacific Hydro.

“Origin Energy [recently] signed an agreement with Fotowatio Renewable Ventures to purchase the electricity produced by the Moree Solar Farm. AGL’s Nyngan and Broken Hill solar power plants, along with the Moree Solar Farm, are the three largest in Australia – and they have all been launched within the last six months.

“These are modest but significant steps towards returning confidence to the Australian renewable energy sector, and the whole industry is excited about the year ahead as we deliver on the national Renewable Energy Target.”