April 19 (Renewables Now) - All 75 turbines at the 240-MW Ararat wind power plant in the Australian state of Victoria are supplying power to the national grid.
The wind farm will sell 40% of its electricity to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) under a power purchase agreement (PPA) awarded as part of the ACT's first wind auction in 2015.
Announcing the milestone on Tuesday, ACT climate change minister Shane Rattenbury said that the ACT is on track to reach its 100% renewable electricity target by 2020. Four wind farms, Sapphire, Hornsdale Stage 2 and Crookwell 2 that will start generation in 2018, and Hornsdale Stage 3, due to go live in 2019, will see the ATC achieve that goal.
The Ararat wind farm has been developed by RES Australia and will be operated and managed by Windlab. It is owned by a consortium of Renewable Energy Systems Ltd (RES), General Electric Co (NYSE:GE), Partners Group Holding AG (SWX:PGHN) on behalf of its clients, and OPTrust.