May 22 (Renewables Now) - Powering Australian Renewables today said the 200-MW Silverton Wind Farm in New South Wales has been fully commissioned after successful testing on Thursday.
The wind farm, located in Barrier Ranges near Broken Hill, consists of 58 turbines by General Electric Co (NYSE:GE). The AUD-450-million (USD 293.3m/EUR 268.9m) park will produce 780,000 MWh of power annually, enough to supply 137,000 homes, and save 655,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions a year.
Powering Australian Renewables is a partnership set up by Australian utility AGL Energy Ltd (ASX:AGL), Australian alternative investment manager QIC and sovereign wealth fund Future Fund. This is the first project realised by the partners that have teamed up to invest in 1 GW of large-scale renewable energy projects.
“The turbines have been generating at night and now have clearance to generate in the day. We’d like to thank AEMO and Transgrid who have worked to resolve issues around the Western Murray constraint," AGL project director, Adam Mackett commented.
Construction of the wind park commenced in May 2017 and it was originally scheduled for completion by the middle of 2018.
(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.652/EUR 0.598)