Image by: Akuo Energy (http://granitehillswindfarm.com/).
French renewable power producer Akuo Energy has reduced by nine the turbine number for its 132-MW Granite Hills wind project in Australia but plans to use taller machines, Bega District News reports.
According to the local newspaper, the developer has launched an “updated and improved” proposal that calls for the installation of 23 turbines, instead of the originally announced 32. The changes were made following consultations with the local community and by taking into account certain environmental factors.
The machines will be up to 20 metres taller. The initial plan was to use turbines with a tip height of up to 200 metres.
Granite Hills will be located near Nimmitabel in the southern part of New South Wales. Akuo estimates show, as stated on the project’s website, that with 25-32 turbines, the plant will be able to generate enough electricity for around 50,000 medium- to high-energy use households, or around 150,000 people annually. The project is considered to be a state significant development by the state Department of Planning and Environment (DPE).
The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the scheme is expected to be submitted and available for public feedback around the middle of next year.
Veselina Petrova is one of Renewables Now's most experienced green energy writers. For several years she has been keeping track of game-changing events both large and small projects and across the globe.