Australian Capital Territory officially opens 91-MW wind farm

Source: Twitter @TransGrid

November 5 (Renewables Now) - A wind farm of 91 MW has started feeding power into the grid of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), transmission system operator TransGrid announced this weekend.

The official opening of the Crookwell 2 wind park took place on Saturday, moving ACT closer to achieving its goal of getting 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020. The plant near Goulburn in New South Wales uses 28 General Electric turbines that will be supplying electricity at AUD 86.60 (USD 62.3/EUR 54.7) per MWh under a 20-year a feed-in tariff (FiT) contract with the ACT government.

The wind farm is owned by Global Power Generation (GPG), a subsidiary of Spain's Gas Natural Fenosa (BME:GAS) and Kuwait Investment Authority. Its 28 General Electric 3.4-MW turbines are expected to produce over 300,000 MWh of electricity per year, or as much as is needed to power about 42,000 households in Canberra.

(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.719/EUR 0.632)

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